snoezelen

Fiber Optic Lighting Bubble Tubes / Color Changing Buttons

 

Bubble Tubes / Color Changing Buttons Rocking Chair

 

About Us

Snoezelen incorporates a specialized selection of sensory equipment and materials
that enhance therapy/learning goals, relaxation and provides a sense of empowerment.
For more information, check out Southeastern’s Snoezelen Sensorium website.

What is Snoezelen?

The Snoezelen environment is safe and non-threatening. Children and adults with disabilities
or other limiting conditions enjoy gentle stimulation of the primary senses. There
is no need for intellectual reasoning. Participants experience self-control, autonomous
discovery, and exploration-achievements that overcome inhibitions, enhance self-esteem,
and reduce tension. Free from the expectations of others and away from the pressures
of directed care, they recuperate and relax.

Research has shown that multisensory environments offer a wealth of benefits, often
affording the participant and caregiver an opportunity to improve communications,
enhance their understanding of each other, and build trust in their relationship.
Snoezelen is a wonderful experience to enjoy and share-a place that replenishes the
spirit.

 

What materials are used in the Snoezelen environments?

  • Items to stimulate the visual system such as Bubble Tubes, Fiber Optics, and Solar
    Range Projectors with Effect Wheels/Cassettes.
  • A variety of mats, cushion, and textures that stimulate the tactile system.
  • Different sounds to stimulate the auditory systems. Examples including relaxing music.
  • Products for the master systems and fundamental targets in Sensory Integration Therapy—proprioception
    and vestibular motion—such as weighted items, rockers, and swings, and vibratory input.
  • Soft furnishings and wall padding for positioning, safety, and comfort.

In addition, a SNOEZELEN MSE often affords an opportunity for the participant and
caregiver to improve communication, enhance their understanding of each other, and
build trust in their relationship.

 

 

Why and how were these rooms implemented at Southeastern?

The rooms were established as a result of Drs. Klein-Ezell and Yates’ interest in
assistive technology, specialized toys, and sensory environments. This interest led
the two professors to begin writing grants to create the Lekotek and Snoezelen facilities
on campus. The facilities include a Lekotek play session room and two Snoezelen rooms,
specially designed spaces that encourage relaxation and active exploration by children.
Through two grants from the Louisiana Board of Regents Enhancement Program, the university
is now operating the rooms for families, children with disabilities, Southeastern
students and faculty, and the community. This achievement makes Southeastern the first
university in the nation to host both highly-specialized facilities.

 

What is the department using them for?
The Department of Teaching and Learning are using both facilities to:
1. Provide opportunities for hands on/interactive learning for undergraduate and graduate
candidates, faculty, teachers, families, and community;
2. Enhance teacher preparedness in the area of autism and developmental disabilities;
3. Recruit and produce superior teacher candidates; and
4. Enhance and expand the resources and community partners to provide a richer environment
for learning for our teacher candidates.

 

How does knowledge of children with disabilities help education students?

It is important for all of our education majors, both general and special education,
to have knowledge and skills to provide quality instruction to ALL students. This
concept of inclusive practices embraces differentiated instruction (DI) and universal
design for learning (UDL). It is imperative that our teacher candidates become effective
educators.

 

 What is the history of Snoezelen?

The concept of SNOEZELEN was defined in the late 1970s by two Dutch therapists, Jan
Hulsegge and Ad Verheul while they were working at the De Hartenberg Institute in
Holland, a center for people with intellectual disabilities. At the Institute’s annual
summer fair, Hulsegge and Verheul set up an experimental sensory tent filled with
simple effects such as a fan blowing shards of paper, ink mixed with water and projected
onto a screen, musical instruments, tactile objects, scent bottles, soaps, and flavorful
foods. It was a tremendous success, especially with low-functioning clients who demonstrated
positive verbal and non-verbal feedback. The therapists called this multi-sensory
experience “snoezelen,” a contraction of the Dutch verbs “snuffelen” (to seek out
or explore) and “doezelen” (to relax).

 

What types of activities can education students look forward to in the future?

With both Lekotek and Snoezelen, education majors can look forward to volunteering
for various activities planned in the future. Education majors can sign up for training
opportunities to become volunteer facilitators. Some upcoming plans: ECE 106 teacher
candidates hosting “Toddler-Time” for children ages 0-3 one hour/week and providing
Snoezelen Sensory Experiences along with story time and sensory activities. SPED 442
teacher candidates will become volunteer facilitators. SPED 210 teacher candidates
will participate in Sensory Simulation Seminars.

 

Contact Us

For more information or to get involved, please email [email protected].