Definitions of Types of Multi-Sensory Rooms – Passive vs. Active vs. Interactive

When designing your Sensory Room, identify it’s function. Definitions of functional types of Sensory Rooms, Tranquility Rooms, Relaxation Rooms, Enriched Environments, Snoezelen Rooms, and Multi-Sensory Environments: Dedicated rooms: A Passive Room is defined as a beautiful, “WOW!” room that has the majority of equipment effects usually on in operation so the person is subjected to …

Swings…Love ‘Em and Hate ‘Em! A Conflict of Philosophies…

Don’t get me wrong, I love swings personally. It took me a very long time to learn to use one. I couldn’t coordinate the “pump”… But, I am not talking about me, I am talking about the use of swings in Multi-Sensory Environments/Snoezelen™ rooms, especially if the room is being used clinically for those with …

The Multi-Sensory Environment, Relaxation and You

Herbert Benson, MD wrote the book “The Relaxation Response” in 1975. This book was revolutionary for its time. Doctor Benson, from Harvard Medical School, was promoting alternative medicine. Or rather reaffirming what Eastern Cultures already knew and practiced, that part of the formula for good health and well-being was self-participation in the practice. He was …

The Multi-Sensory Experience, Developmental Disabilities and You

The multi-sensory environment is a daily moment to moment dynamic occurrence. We wake up in a naturalistic environment and experience smells, sights, sounds, tastes, and touch everyday. Most of which are not consciously entertained by us unless there is a reason. The intensity or strength of these sensations may or may not be under our …

Tranquility Rooms, Multi-Sensory Environments and Aging

The Aging face many issues and losses when they have to move into a Skilled Nursing Home. They may exhibit feelings of displacement from daily roles, anxiety and stress associated with the loss of personal possessions, disorientation or discontent from the new living situation. The changes in their routine and preferred patterns of behavior are …

Multi-Sensory Environments: Changing Attitudes about Pain, Palliative Care and Hospice

According to the American Cancer Society, research shows that one of three patients being treated for cancer and about two-thirds of patients with advanced cancer, experience pain. But less than half receive adequate relief for their pain. Although Multi-sensory Environments have been utilized for the reduction of pain in Europe and other countries almost since …

My Initial Experiences with the First Multi-Sensory Environment in the United States

(Excerpt from Book to be Published) Let me tell you about the day we first used the MSE with our very first consumer. Our room was completed on a Thursday in June 1992. The next morning we brought in a consumer twenty-two years old with profound intellectual disabilities and a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum. He …

Getting Started

Snoezelen: A Multi-Sensory Approach to Challenging Behaviors Although this position paper was written in 1998 and some of the material is outdated due to the advancement of the sciences; I feel the basic philosophy and concepts remain current. I have put the paper unedited here, but it was accompanied by a video tape of a …