The quality of the physical environment can impinge upon a child's learning and development directly. A well-planned environment can set the tone for what a child focuses on, and how the child plays and moves around. It can also contribute to a sense of emotional well-being.
Here you'll find examples and pictures of Snoezelen rooms.
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.
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.
Together with the many developments of Snoezelen as a therapy for more and more clientgroups, we find an increasing number of examples of Snoezelen integrated into the 24h care. This are often applications of Snoezelen outside the traditional Snoezelenrooms. Caregivers and therapists getting more aware about the fact that Snoezelen does not need to stop after leaving the Snoezelenroom.
We were delighted to start off the New Year with the launch of our first training program on Snoezelen Controlled Multisensory Stimulation, in Miami. The course, which was hosted by the Trump International Institute of Continuing Education, has been an incredible breakthrough for all the people who will benefit from the innovative treatment.
Imagine being in a room with colored lights dancing across the wall and ceiling, the sounds of the sea playing in the background and the smell of lavender in the air.
Condell's Pediatric Alternatives in Creative Therapy (PACT), a physical rehabilitation program for children and teens, recently received a grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. The funds will be used to purchase equipment for a "Snoezelen Sensory Room."
Why this activity?
For elderly people babies create a special emotion. It stimulates memories and feelings from past times. It is an excellent method to make contact with your clients and to find an entrance into their experiences.