Doll therapy has been around for some time and though there has been little studies done on the effectiveness of the use of baby dolls to assist in the alleviation of agitation in clients with dementia, anecodotal evidence supports the use of them when done properly and assitance of agencies such as the Dementia Behaviour Advisory Service (Alzheimers Australia) are brought in to provide information and advise on use.
Useful Reading Material
- Guidelines for Use of Dolls and Mechanized Pets as a Therapeutic Tool – by the Dementia Behaviour Advisory Service of WA (this publication currently available on the Fight Alzheimers Save Australia website)
- “Do You Support Doll Therapy?” – an article from the June 22nd 2011 issue of the DPS News
- Pilot study done in the UK about the use of Doll Therapy.