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International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and Center for Applied Research in Dementia

“Global Certification CMDCP Certified Montessori Dementia Care Professional”

are pleased to announce

Contest in Honor of National Activity Professionals Week 2020

ICCDP and CARD have joined together to celebrate the National Activity Professionals Week: January 19th -25th, 2020. Activity professionals are invited to submit an original idea for an activity based on Cameron Camp’s Montessori principles.


Deadline for Submission: January 2nd, 2020

Cash Award: $250.00 from ICCDP and $250.00 from the Center for Applied Research in Dementia.


How to enter:


Download the form here and enter your answers in the format provided.

Email submissions to iccdpcorporate@iccdp.net. No phone calls please.

  • The winning submission will be posted in the NCCDP / ICCDP E-Publication and/or any other publication or medium that ICCDP chooses.
  • ICCDP / CARD may use your idea in a Montessori Activity Publications and your submission becomes the property of ICCDP / CARD. Your submission will not be returned.

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  • Montessori type of activity design for the elderly with a diagnosis of dementia in the middle stages or late stages.
  • Can be any type of activity such as reminisce, pet therapy, intergenerational, crafts, family events, etc.
  • Must be the applicant’s original idea.
  • Length 45 minutes
  • Elder able to complete activity without any hands-on help from staff.
  • Submit pictures and labeled. Pictures to tell the story from start to finish
  • Written step by step instructions.
  • Name of activity.
  • Material / supplies needed.
  • Cost of program.
  • Purpose and Objectives.
  • Permission slip to use the elder’s person’s picture. Must show the elder person implementing and completing the project, step by step.
  • If you are selected, you will be notified by phone and or email on or before Activity Professionals Week.
  • Must incorporate the Dr. Cameron Camp Montessori principles.


Montessori Principles

From the book titled Montessori–Based Activities for Persons with Dementia, Volume 1, by Dr. Cameron Camp PhD. Available on Amazon and at cen4ard.com.

  • Use real-life materials that are aesthetically pleasing
  • Progress from the simple to the complex
  • Progress from the concrete to the abstract
  • Structure materials and procedures so participants will work from left to right and from top to bottom. These patterns parallel eye and head movements associated with reading in western culture.
  • Arrange materials in order from largest to smallest, and from most to least.
  • Allow learning to progress in sequence. Ideally, this occurs through observation, followed by recognition and then through recall or demonstration.
  • Break down activities into component parts and practice one component at a time.
  • Ensure that participants have the physical and cognitive capability to manipulate materials and understand what is required to accomplish the task. It is important to minimize the risk of failure and maximize the chance of success.
  • Use as little vocalization as possible when demonstrating activities
  • Try to sit on the dominant-hand side of the participants. This makes it easier for them to receive materials handed to them.
  • Match your speed of movement to the speed of the participants when presenting activities. Almost always use slow and deliberate movements, especially when demonstrating an activity.
  • Make the materials and activity self-correcting.
  • Have the participants create something that can be used whenever possible. Folding paper can lead to creating figures such as those used in Origami. A melon scoop can lead to melon balls.
  • Adapt the environment to the needs of the participants.
  • Whenever possible, let the participant select the activities they will work with.
  • Accommodate for vision problems associated with aging and dementia.

Copyright protected: Do not copy without the expressed permission of Dr. Cameron Camp.

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