The GEMS® State Model recognizes the dynamic nature of the human brain and its abilities. Unlike other cognitive models, it acknowledges that everyone’s abilities can change in a moment. Modifying environments, situations, interactions, and expectations will create either supportive positive opportunities or result in distress and a sense of failure. Just as gemstones need different settings and care to show their best characteristics, so do people. Rather than focusing on a person’s loss when there is brain change, seeing individuals as precious, unique, and capable encourages a care partnership and is the core of this model. Providing supportive settings for everyone, including care providers, allows them to use what they have to be their best. The GEMS State Model advocates that everyone living with brain change will shine when given the opportunity.
- Teepa Snow and Positive Approach to Care Team
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This book covers each GEMS® State and the types of support needed as brain change progresses.
This 12-part recorded webinar series with Teepa Snow focuses on interaction skills and appreciating the changes the PLwD may be experiencing. Priced Individually at $120. This Special Bundle now just $79 for a limited time.
Watch Teepa Snow explain methods of care and risk reduction needed during different GEMS states.
The Living GEMS Wall Poster
Beautiful and thought provoking 22″ x 28″ poster which shares out the characteristics of Teepa’s GEMS®
The GEMS State Tool
The GEMS State Tool is an in the moment resource for determining GEMS States and choosing an appropriate support response, to help in de-escalating crises and facilitating communication.
GEMS Resource Card 25-pack
The GEMS Resource Card is an inexpensive tool to help staff and learners build and remember the GEMS progression knowledge.
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