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Bij de Bolder in Huizen is er een prachtige snoezel- en belevingstuin aangelegd door Het SnoezelRijk in samenwerking met Hoveniersbedrijf Ge Leurs

In a nursinghome in Huizen Het SnoezelRijk creates a snoezelen and experience garden with Hovenier Ge Leurs

Bij TriviumLindehof in Vlaardingen is een prachtige interactieve snoezelruimte geplaatst door Het SnoezelRijk

TriviumLindehof in Vlaardingen has a beatiful interactive snoezelenroom place by Het SnoezelRijk

ABSTRACT 

Children with autism or Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) often have difficulty regulating sensory input from the environment. These sensory related problems include increased sensitivity to certain sounds, smells, tastes and touch.

Autism describes a spectrum of disorders that range in severity of symptoms and presentation of features. These features impact on a person’s ability to interact socially, relate to others and communicate. People with autism may also experience over or under sensitivity to sound, touch, taste, smell and light. In most cases the characteristics of autism emerge between 12 to 36 months of age. There are over half a million people in the UK with autism (Baird et al., 2006) and the prevalence of autism has been on the rise since the early 1990s. There is a need to provide appropriate sensory stimulation in order to facilitate and develop communication, whilst providing a sensory environment that addresses sensory processing needs.

 Linda Messbauer has recently been featured on the She Knows Parenting web site, in an article that details the creation and use of a Multi-Sensory Environment.

Stichting Dagbesteding Krimpenerwaard heeft een snoezelruimte in een speelboot. De verschillende etages zijn allemaal te gebruiken als snoezelruimte. Deze snoezelruimte is ontworpen en ingericht door Het SnoezelRijk.

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HWW zorggroep locatie Moerwijk heeft een prachtige snoezelruimte gerealiseerd! Alle materialen zijn geleverd door Het SnoezelRijk.

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Bij HWW zorggroep heeft

Esther een Snoezelruimte

gerealiseerd. 20 februari

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Background  The use of multisensory environments (MSEs) is perceived to be important for individuals with profound and multiple disabilities, although there is limited research on the efficacy of the procedures. After a search of the literature, numerous positive outcomes of MSEs were described. Our research aimed to determine whether the use of an MSE, when applied to increase the level of alertness and interaction, actually leads to this effect.

Methods  A total of 15 facilities in the Netherlands and Belgium agreed to participate in the investigation. Information was gathered on the use of MSE by 177 individuals. For 62 persons, an increase of level of activity was the only stated goal. We randomly selected 20 persons out of this group for observation, using momentary time sampling as a means to relate multisensory experiences to the level of alertness and interaction.

Results  The results of our study show that in general there is little evidence for an increase in activity levels as a result of MSE. There is, however, a relation between the level of activity and contextual variables. In particular, people with profound multiple disabilities have strong responses towards stimuli provided by members of staff (touching, talking to the person).

Conclusions  In general, the living unit is as good a place as the MSE for promoting alertness and interactions. The influence of materials on the level of activity is limited.

Source: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1468-3148.2003.00156.x/abstract

Find here the whole article. 

The new DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) include sensory disturbances in addition to the well-established language, communication, and social deficits. One sensory disturbance seen in ASD is an impaired ability to integrate multisensory information into a unified percept. This may arise from an underlying impairment in which individuals with ASD have difficulty perceiving the temporal relationship between cross-modal inputs, an important cue for multisensory integration. Such impairments in multisensory processing may cascade into higher-level deficits, impairing day-to-day functioning on tasks, such as speech perception.

Background The Snoezelen is a multisensory intervention approach that has been implemented with various populations. Due to an almost complete absence of rigorous research in this field, the confirmation of this approach as an effective therapeutic intervention is warranted.

Method To evaluate the therapeutic influence of the Snoezelen approach. Twenty-eight relevant articles relating to individual (one-to-one) Snoezelen intervention with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) were reviewed. A meta-analysis regarding the significance of the reduction of maladaptive behaviour and the enhancement of adaptive behaviour was implemented. An analysis of standardised mean differences was used through the use of fixed effect models.

Results The primary finding was that the Snoezelen approach, when applied as an individual intervention for individuals with IDD, enabled significant and large effect size in adaptive behaviours, with generalisation to the participants' daily life.

Conclusions Weaknesses in the examined research methodologies, the heterogeneity between research designs, the small number of available research projects, and the small number of participants in each research project, prevent a confirmation of this method as a valid therapeutic intervention at this time.

By: 
Meir Lotan1*, Christian Gold2
1Ariel University Campus at Samaria, Ariel, Israel
2Unifob Health, Bergen, Norway
*Correspondence: Meir Lotan, 67th Rothschild Street, Kfar-Saba, Israel, 44201 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read More: http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13668250903080106

Sourcehttp://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13668250903080106

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