Controlled multisensory stimulation, or Snoezelen, is a therapeutic regime for people with severe mental disabilities. Such sensory integration therapies have been used in the therapy of patients with Autism, Asperger's syndrome and other developmental disorders since the 1970s. They were developed in the Netherlands and are particularly popular in Germany, involving exposure to soothing and/or stimulating light, color, scents and music in carefully controlled environment, sometimes called a Snoezelen room.
Here you see some examples of SnoezelenroomsRead More
Demented residents of nursing home Vreugdehof in Amsterdam have a beach room in the building. The special room is to improve the wellbeing of the elderly. Vreugdehof is the first Dutch nursing home with this "Sun-seasnoezelroom.
In the room there is a sandy beach and "sun" which is adjustable in intensity and heat.
Special Snoezelenroom at home for Girl with autism on TALPA Television
The Sensory Shop ("Suprisingly different in Snoezelen") was contacted by TALPA television to create a special snoezelenroom. This room was ment for a girl with autism and installed at her own house. The result you can see in the pictures.
How did it happen?
The Sensory bus was conceived out of a perceived need for a sensory environment for people whose access to sensory rooms, and, indeed, any support of this nature, was limited by travel difficulties and/or rural isolation. It caters for people of all ages with Alzheimer's Disease, children excluded from mainstream school because of emotional and behavioural difficulties, disabled children in mainstream schools and pre-school children whose access to such services is otherwise extremely limited.
The Mobile Snoezelen unit at Bloorview MacMillan;
Snoezelen a la cart
Special Pictures to stimulate senses (Living, Tectile,etc)
(By Raymond Koopman)
As long as clients are fysical capable a Snoezelroom is functional. But in case clients are getting ill and therefore fysical unable to be transported, the Snoezelenroom is no option anymore. For caregivers and therapist this can be a frustrating situation especially when Snoezelen was integrated into daily care.