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Column may 2006 Pat Schofield Snoezelen and ideas for the future

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"Snoezelen, where are we now and where do we need to go, ideas for the future"

 

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Dr Pat Schofield

"Snoezelen"
Where are we now and where do we need to go, ideas for the future

 

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Dr Pat Schofield

 

 

 

 

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Nearly thirty years ago, a concept was introduced which has radically changed the lives of many groups of individuals within a whole range of settings. This includes hospitals, long-term care, schools, community and hospices. The impact of Snoezelen has improved care for people with learning disabilities, older adults, people in pain, children, people who are dying and people with mental illness.

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All of this has occurred largely based upon intuition and clinical significance as opposed to any research evidence. Hulsegge & Verheul (1989) were reluctant to conduct any research stating that we do not evaluate our recreation in terms of therapeutic outcome. But in recent years, this philosophy is changing. Whether, this is due to a fundamental shift in the philosophy in that people now believe that we do need to measure therapeutic outcome of leisure. Or, it may be due to the pressure placed upon advocates of Snoezelen to demonstrate effectiveness of an approach which does require investment in terms of staff and equipment.

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Snoezelen works

There is now a growing body of evidence in health and social care that supports the use of Snoezelen environments and their potential, not only to make people feel good, but also to impact upon symptoms or behaviour, such as pain, anxiety or aggression. Models of research are available for people to access which include the inductive, qualitative approaches that explore the experiences of the users to the other extreme which offers the deductive, quantitative methodologies that demonstrate changes or measurable outcomes. The studies are available from around the globe and probably provide more evidence than some of the recognised medical approaches when looked at collectively.

 

 

 

Education is available

Education is also readily available for practitioners who wish to apply the concepts and understand their application. There are courses that range from a few days, to weeks and these are generally facilitated by leading experts with many years of practical experience. Some of the leading centres have made attempts to disseminate knowledge by hosting conferences and inviting speakers from around the world to share their experiences such as the one held in Toronto, Berlin, Israel and the Netherlands. The latest strategy aimed at disseminating Snoezelen has been the development of this web site which provide the latest information to people all around the world without the need for them to travel abroad and more importantly, it gives access to the experts for advice and guidance to new users.

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So where do we go from here? What of the future?
Snoezelen has come a long way. Education, practice and research have all developed at a pace. But the momentum needs to continue, advocates of Snoezelen cannot become complacent. I suggest that this is a good time to consolidate and there are two areas in which this can be done.

 

Collect all of the research evidence and collate within a data base on the web site. This will provide access to a framework for people who wish to carry out studies or alternatively, this can provide a source of the latest evidence. Therefore people who do not wish to go down the research route themselves can underpin their practice using evidence that already exists. For those wishing to carry out their own studies, this will provide a base upon which to build their own work rather than simply reseating what has already been done.

 

There needs to be a consolidation of the courses that exist and this too could be collated within a data base. Ideally, the programmes could be graded and maybe working towards an international framework of qualifications. So for example, if a person gains a qualification in the UK it would be equivalent to the one gained in Sweden or Finland.

 

So it is evident that there is still some considerable work to be done. But, the foundation now exists. The World Wide Snoezelen.com exists and provides a wonderful resource on which this information can be added. Lets continue with this quiet revolution in care and build upon the work already done.

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Thanks,

Pat Schofield

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