I used the card set with end-stage dementia residents in a large group setting. The activity ended up being like a group game of Scrabble. I had each person choose a card -"Pick a card, any card" - like a magic trick, and I kept an eye on making sure there were enough vowels. I placed these on a whiteboard shelf and then we found as many words as possible from the chosen cards, which I wrote on the whiteboard. I found that it worked really well and the residents really engaged with it. Some weren't quite up to the task but were very happy to sit and listen, laugh, even throw in words which weren't relevant. When lunchtime was announced the "Duchess" commented that "we were just starting to have fun". Which I found very reassuring. I think sight-words are still within their long-term memory ready to be plucked and given an airing.
Reviewed by: Ngaire Lawless from NSW, Australia.