What is Mnemetherapy?
We are proud to be the first credentialed Mnemetherapy providers in the state of Connecticut. Pronounced “nemma,” Mnemetherapy is a multisensory, art and activity-based therapeutic approach that incorporates everyday pleasures like singing, cross-lateral movements, painting, and storytelling in a unique combination to strengthen and stimulate the brain. While the primary goal of this one-on-one therapy is to provide a rewarding experience for the participant, documented testimonies have shown significant improvement in some clients in verbal skills, mobility, combativeness, spatial acuity, and understanding of instructions.
What originated as an enjoyable, therapeutic activity for individuals diagnosed with dementia is now helping people of all ages, including those affected by:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- PDD, ADD, ADHD
- Stroke, brain tumors, traumatic brain injury
- Huntington’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Cerebral Palsy, among others.
What are some of the benefits of art therapy and Mnemetherapy for seniors and individuals with disabilities?
- Promotes self-expression and self-awareness
- Improve self-esteem
- Offers enjoyment
- Increases cognitive skills and intellectual stimulation
- Improves physical/motor skills
- Encourages pain reduction
- Enhances social skills and communication
- Relieves stress, anxiety, and depression
- Helps seniors and families process times of transition
- Provides opportunities for life review
- Can offer reminiscence therapy for individuals in need of memory care
What happens during a Mnemetherapy Session?
Each Mnemetherapy session begins with singing and various cross-lateral movement games that are intended to stimulate the brain, wake up the body, and assess the participant’s ability to see, hear, and communicate.
The client then selects a painting that they would like to uniquely recreate. The Mneme Therapist assists using “show-and-tell” guidance and simple strokes made with a variety of non-traditional brushes. Hand-over-hand assistance is provided as needed.
At the conclusion of each session, the client names his or her painting, engages in a storytelling exercise, and is invited to share the artwork with others.
About our Art Therapy and Mnemetherapy Provider
Sophie Slater is a graduate of the Masters of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling program at Albertus Magnus College and the first certified Mneme Therapist in Connecticut.
She also holds a BFA from the Cooper Union. In addition to her training as a mental health professional and artist, Sophie is a certified yoga teacher and life coach. She is passionat about helping her clients find greater insight and well-being through the incorporation of creative expression and mindful awareness into the therapeutic process.
To schedule an appointment, call 203-221-0221 or email: SOPHIE@SHERATONCAREGIVERS.COM