The GEMS®: Brain Change Model
The GEMS 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 advocates that everyone living with brain change when given the opportunity will shine. Teepa Snow and Positive Approach® to Care Team.
“Just like gems, each person is precious, valuable, and unique, and given the right setting and care, can shine.”
– Teepa Snow