What is it?
Snoezelen (pronounced “snoozlin”) is a non-pharmaceutical, multisensory philosophy of care in which sensory stimulation is used as a method of relaxation and redirection. Specifically designed for people with severe sensory impairment, autism or multiple disabilities, Snoezelen was developed to satisfy perceptual needs of people.
Snoezelen comes from the Dutch words for “explore/sniff around” and doze.
The Snoezelen Room provides a fun, recreational and multi-sensory, environment for people with disabilities that provides stimulation and relaxation through the use of smell, touch, sound, color, and light. It is beneficial for cognitive, sensory and physical disabilities and promotes relaxation or stimulation. It involves a range of sensory stimuli and experiences to absorb, explore, and control in an accessible environment. Trust and relaxation are encouraged in the Snoezelen Room by providing the space, time and access to enjoy sensations. In a safe, comfortable environment, primary senses are stimulated by music, lighting effects and gentle vibrations. Positive effects extend to other settings and stimulation and interaction leads to improved communication.
How Does it Help?
Snoezelen is a safe, non-threatening environment filled with sights, sounds, textures, and aromas. Children and adults with limiting conditions enjoy gentle stimulation of their senses in an atmosphere of self-control, autonomous discovery, and exploration. This overcomes inhibitions, enhances self-esteem, and reduces tension.
Community Access for Children & Adults
The Pathways Snoezelen room is open to community agencies on an appointment basis. Contact 613-962-2541 to learn more.