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.
MIAMI (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- In the 70s, two Dutch therapists created Snoezelen, a multi-sensory stimulation room for people with developmental disabilities. Since then, these rooms have popped up all over the world. Studies have shown they help soothe and calm Alzheimer's patients, preemies, handicapped and autistic children. Now, researchers are looking at the rooms effect on children with brain injuries.