A SNOEZELEN MSE incorporates a specialized selection of sensory equipment and materials that may help clients adapt their responses to sensory stimulation and to advance education and therapy goals. Each SNOEZELEN MSE is tailored to meet the needs of specific populations according to age and ability. The blend of sights, sounds, textures, aromas, and motion provide stimulation of the primary sensory systems and may be modified to meet each participant’s sensory needs.
A SNOEZELEN MSE is designed to offer individuals with special needs and challenging conditions the opportunity to exercise choice through action. These safe, non-threatening environments bridge cognitive, perceptual, behavioral, and physical impairments, as well as other limiting conditions to provide a sense of empowerment. Moreover these environments allow clients to enjoy a wide range of sensory experiences—either passively or actively—that enhance therapy, learning, and relaxation. Further, in a SNOEZELEN MSE, clients choose the experiences that give them the most pleasure. Participants interact freely with the different components to create positive environments, control the level of sensory stimuli, adapt responses to sensory stimulation, experience easier transition to task, and perform and behave in a more functional manner.
A typical SNOEZELEN MSE contains:
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. Many providing vibratory input or deep pressure.
Different sounds and smells to stimulate the auditory, olfactory, and gustatory systems. Examples including relaxing music and aromatherapy centers.
Products for the master systems and fundamental targets in Sensory Integration Therapy—proprioception and vestibular motion—such as ballpools, weighted items, rockers, and swings.
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.
From a corner or other dedicated space, to a room or rooms, theme rooms, or an entire stand-alone facility, a SNOEZELEN MSE may be designed to meet your space requirements.