Multisensory environment and snoezelen

Pagliano, Paul (2017) Multisensory environment and snoezelen. Japanese Journal of Education and Welfare on Snoezelen, 1 (1). 4. pp. 15-18.

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[Extract] The original term snoezelen first appeared in the 1970s when Jan Hulsegge and Ad Verheul began designing leisure activities for children and adults with intellectual and sensory disabilities at the de Hartenberg Institute in the Netherlands. These activities were described in their book, first published in Dutch and later in English, Snoezelen: Another World. A practical book on sensory experience environments for the mentally handicapped (Hulsegge & Verheul, 1987).

Around this time ROMPA a British manufacturing firm registered "Snoezelen®" as a trademark. To avoid association with commercial interests, a new term "multisensory environment" was adopted (Pagliano, 1999) and used specially in English speaking countires where the trademark applied. Nowadays globally the two terms "multisensory environment" and "snoezelen" are used interchangably.

Over the years there have been many attempts to define "multisensory environment" and "snoezelen". Hulsegge and Verheul particularly emphasised the idea that the space be non-directive and detnand-free, with the goal firmly focused on using the controlled environment to empower the participant through self-choice. This is a basic tenet of both terms.

Item ID: 50942
Item Type: Article (Scholarly Work)
ISSN: 2432-6003
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Article is in English and Japanese.

Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2017 03:49
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130312 Special Education and Disability @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939907 Special Needs Education @ 100%
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