"Shadowbox Press does it again. First their picture books to engage and comfort and now their oversized deck of 52 Conversation Cards. As soon as the box arrived, I opened the Conversation Cards for Adults and began..." (Read full review)
Brenda Avadian, MA, Executive Director and founder of The Caregiver’s Voice
"I’ve been writing, speaking, and a dedicated advocate for those caring for patients with Alzheimer’s or other dementia related diseases for many years now. One of the principles that I preach about, no matter where I go, is that you have to keep your loved one talking. I always educate others how a photo album can be such a great tool. This is why I was thrilled to see these books published by Shadowbox Press. I highly recommend these books. As a caregiver, you need to become, part-time speech therapist. The large and beautiful photographs in these books will help get the job done. Once their down to one or two word sentences, it a downhill ride from there. Great books. Great concept."
Gary Joseph LeBlanc
Gary Joseph LeBlanc: Caregiver Story
"Colors! Fantastic! Great complement to an Alzheimer's /dementia activity program or for one-to-one use. I used the "Colors" book to build a color therapy activity group where one color is explored each meeting. Resident response was positive to the pictures and the simple but adult narratives were read by the residents. I expanded the activity by using props of the same color to increase the group process. We then painted pictures themed to the color of the day. Every Alzheimer's unit should have a set of these books for staff to use. Family members could be trained to use the books for therapeutic outcomes. Finally, a great tool to use in my facilities and with the activity students."
Jennifer Krupa, AT, ACC/EDU, CDP, AC-BC Art Therapist, Activity Instructor, Certified Dementia Practitioner/Trainer Lorain County Community College
"I really like how the Dogs and Puppies book could be used to supplement an animal assisted therapy program in a home or long term care facility. There are so many interesting pictures and activities to discuss and engage in after the therapy dogs leave. You could actually build an entire program around the visit and the use of the Dogs and Puppies book."
Linda L. Buettner, PhD, LRT, CTRS Gerontologist Recreational Therapist Delta Society Pet Partner Instructor University of North Carolina at Greensboro
“The books are top-notch. I used a couple this morning with our Coffee Group. Everyone listened with rapt attention and loved the photos.”
Elizabeth H. Chagrin Falls, OH
“I wish I had these interactive books for memory impaired adults while caring for my father. I know he would have spent hours perusing the photos, reminiscing about things deep in the recesses of his mind.”
The Caregiver’s Voice
"The inter-generational focus of the Dogs and Puppies book is very nice for the older person with memory loss. It is a great way to focus at different life stages during your reminiscence activities involving pets while remaining age appropriate. The book would be a wonderful addition to the LTC facility activity library and could be used by oneself, as a group, by staff, and especially by family members."
Sue Fitzsimmons, MS Geriatric Nurse Practitioner and Dementia Intervention Researcher
“These books are an excellent resource for care partners interested in connecting and sharing with someone who has dementia. They have great themes, well designed photos combined with limited but focused words and of equal importance information for care partners on how to use the books and how to engage the person. Each book has a variety of ways in which it can be used. Each one offers ideas and suggestions for those who may not be familiar with dementia or common issues that limit the person’s ability to be like they used to or do what they used to. It is very helpful to have props and resources that are simplified, NOT babified to use when what was, is no more. NICELY DONE!”
Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA Dementia Care & Training Specialist
“The print in the book is large and the information is simple so it would be easy for the residents to read if in early or moderate stage memory loss. For those with late stage dementia the colorful pictures could be used to facilitate a feelings or expression group...”
Activities Directors’ Quarterly for Alzheimer’s & Other Dementia Patients Volume 12, Number 4
"Perfection! We bought the Seasons book for a 93-year-old woman in a nursing home. She has some dementia and her speech is affected badly. She loved this book! She could talk about her memories as she looked through the pictures (and her son read the text). It is no small thing to find a gift for someone in a nursing home but fantastic to find something they really can enjoy and relate to."
"I have a caregiver who used your book with my wife, Sue. She said that Sue is just wild about the book. She is fascinated by the information and loves the pictures. I wish you could hear the caregiver rave about the book and how Sue has taken to it."
“A wonderful product. I got this book for my mother, who has dementia. She really enjoys the pictures that are paired with the Bible verses.”
“My mom with Alzheimer's loves this book! My Mom loves to read this Colors book—she really enjoys it. It shows items with each color and an easy to read poem to go with each color. She loves to point out the pictures and read the poems about the colors."
"I use the Shadowbox Press books nearly every day with people who have dementia—they are adaptable to all levels of reading ability, and the pictures are big, bright, and easy for a client to figure out what is going on in the picture. The books are good-sized and hardcover, making them easy to hold on to. I own the whole set of 8 which covers a wide range of topics and interests. I find them very, very useful tools to connect with a person who has dementia."