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 Threadgold Communication Tool (TCT) is now a validated tool for measuring the communication abilities of people with moderate to severe dementia. The tool was formalised and validated as part of a major research project that examined the effectiveness of the Sonas programme. Read the full research article here.
This article provides an overview of the sensory stimulation interventions that are available for people with dementia, and a review of the research in this area. Read the full research article here.
Effect of the Sonas Programme on communication in people with dementia: A Randomised Controlled Trial
This research project explored the effect of the Sonas programme on the communication abilities of people with moderate to severe dementia. Read the full research article here.
Impact of the Sonas Programme on Communication over a Period of 24 Weeks in People with Moderate-to-Severe Dementia
This research examined how communication abilities changed over time among nursing home residents with moderate-to-severe dementia who were attending the Sonas programme and to explore whether changes in communication abilities were related to cognitive ability. Read the fullresearch article here
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.”