The Sonas® programme
Ireland’s leading therapeutic activity
for people with dementia.
The Sonas programme is an evidence-based, therapeutic activity for people who have dementia.
The essential features of Sonas Group and Individual Sessions are:
- Stimulation of all five senses
- Focus on communication
- Use of structure and repetition
- Focus on retained abilities rather than deficits or disabilities
- Creation of a warm, failure-free environment
Structure and repetition
The packaging of all of the features together into a repeated, structured session supports familiarity, a sense of safety and security for participants. These are important for a person whose world is becoming increasingly unfamiliar. A person might attend a Sonas Group Session every week for several months. They might remember it fully or they might only remember the feeling they get at the session.
The Sonas® programme is a therapeutic communication activity primarily for older people, which focuses on sensory stimulation, in the belief that the senses are the gateways to communication.”