What is SNOEZELEN®?
The word SNOEZELEN is derived from the Dutch words for “to doze” and “to sniff”. The purpose of the room is to provide a non-threatening environment that gives children and adults with learning and developmental disabilities a multi-sensory experience.
Enter the magical world of SNOEZELEN…a wonderful blend of sights, sounds, textures, and aromas…an environment filled with fascinating visual displays that surround and absorb. Here, colourful objects beckon to be touched and admired. Orbiting images, lights and colours make interesting diversions. Electronic devices with buttons and switches entice the user to reach out and explore. Gentle vibrations and massage soothe the body and reduce stress. The atmosphere fills with pleasant sounds.
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 far away from the pressures of directed care—they recuperate and relax.
Research has shown that multi-sensory 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 relationships.
SNOEZELEN is a wonderful experience to enjoy and share…a place that replenishes the spirit.
This is the beauty of the SNOEZELEN Room. While it offers stimulation, it is at the same time comfortable and relaxing. There is no rush and no competition or pressure. It is a safe haven to experience new sensations and experiences.
Booking enquires can be made at reception. Open to the community.
AiMHi (250) 564-6408 ext. 0