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In the late 1970's, two Dutch psychologists developed the idea of Snoezelen Rooms, initially as a therapy for those with learning disabilities. Over time this initial idea has merged with the use of a wide range of multi-sensory stimulation to provide special environments for people with a variety of disabilities, disorders and conditions including dementia, autism, intellectual disability, brain injury, chronic pain, and for those in palliative care. The terms Snoezelen Rooms, White Rooms and Multi-Sensory Rooms tend to be used interchangeably but, as the term "Snoezelen" is now a registered trademark of an English sensory equipment supplier, we prefer to use the name Multi-Sensory Room or Multi-Sensory Environment.

 

Objective: To investigate the effects of Snoezelen therapy on physiological, cognitive and behavioural changes in children recovering from severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Helen Mount, Head of Language and Communication at Mont VaroufSchool, Guernsey, and Judith Cavet, a senior lecturer in social work at Staffordshire University, stress the need for a critical evaluation of multi-sensory environments. The paucity of relevant, rigorous research and the lack of focus on educational benefits is highlighted.

Newsletter: "Snoezelen Sensations"

Winter 2006, Volume 5, Issue 1
A publication of Bloorview MacMillan Children's Centre

 

Here you'll find an online Powerpoint presentation about the results of a conducted research about the effects of Snoezelen for the reduction of aggressive behaviour among psychiatric patients.

Click here to start the presentation automatically.

 

A study conducted by Dr Patricia Schofield & others
Lecturer University of Sheffield

The Feasibility of using Snoezelen within a Palliative care day setting: A Randomized Controlled Trial investigating the potential.
 

The concept of multi-sensory therapy and environments is not new, with reports of sensory therapies being developed for those with severe cognitive deficits as far back as the 1960s. These constituted living-areas equipped with sensory materials selected to give visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, proprioceptive and possibly gustatory stimulation (Cleland & Clark, 1966). The aim of these areas was to facilitate choice and failure-free activity among a group of people for whom conventional leisure activity was unsuitable or difficult to facilitate. Cleland & Clark described these areas as "sensory cafeterias". This idea of a sensory environment has since undergone considerable development and its potential as a leisure resource has expanded to encompass a more therapeutic approach.

The sensory environment (Snoezelen) has been advocated by those working in the field of learning disabilities and mental health as a strategy to induce relaxation. The purpose of the current study was to explore this potential within the field of pain management where the use of relaxation techniques is often employed as a strategy for the management of chronic pain. Thus the current study was designed in order to determine the use of the sensory environment compared against a traditional relaxation programme used within a District General hospital pain clinic.

MIAMI -- On Dec. 5, Angel Pennywell was driving her two young sons to Earlington Heights Elementary School in Miami when a heavy work truck slammed into her 1988 Chevy Blazer and flipped it sideways.

 

In the 1970s, two Dutch therapists designed the concept of Snoezelen -- a unique room filled with sights, sounds and smells to stimulate the senses. The word is a contraction of the Dutch verbs "snuffelen" ("to seek out or explore") and "doezelen" ("to relax"). Jan Hulsegge and Ad Verheul originally developed the rooms for people with developmental disabilities. Since then, the rooms have grown in popularity and have been used to help soothe and calm Alzheimer's patients, premature babies, handicapped people and autistic children.