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Multi Sensory Environment (MSE ) Training SENSORIUM 3. Sandra Fornes , Ed.D. Partial proceeds from this training goes to the Hidden Angel Foundation. 1. * MSE - Theoretical Framework. Based on the literature and current research a MSE should be:

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Sandra fornes ed d

Multi Sensory Environment (MSE) Training

SENSORIUM 3

Sandra Fornes, Ed.D.

Partial proceeds from this training goes to the Hidden Angel Foundation

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Mse theoretical framework

* MSE - Theoretical Framework

Based on the literature and current research a MSE should be:

Artificially created supported by the natural environment

Devoted to stimulate all the senses,

Safe, comfortable, and predictable,

Designed to empower by providing self-choice,

Demand-free and choice driven activity – consumer controlled,

Passive and interactive,

Provide for trained facilitators ,

Provide of techniques to change brain arousal and motivation

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MSE - Theoretical Framework

Artificially created supported by the natural environment.

Limitations impeded the ability of an individual to interact with a natural environment in a meaningful way.

An engineered environment:

a. Helps make interactions meaningful.

b. 0ffers more stimuli than the natural environment.

c. A child’s natural environment becomes less chaotic as he or she learns how to control sensory input.

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MSE - Theoretical Framework

Devoted to stimulate all the senses

Adequate multi sensory stimulation of all the senses

Produced in sufficient frequency, intensity and duration change brain arousal and motivation

Intense periods of sensory stimulation that uses repeated movements, sound, touch, and visual exercises helps slowly create new neural pathways

Multimodal stimulation (stimulation of three or more senses) has more dramatic results than unimodal stimulation.

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MSE - Theoretical Framework

Safe, comfortable, and predictable

Produce an atmosphere of trust.

Physical comfort, i.e. temperature, lighting, noise levels, or seating options, must be anticipated for the individuals.

Personal space must be honored.

A user friendly environment that is constant and predictable for the individual is required to facilitate learning and development.

The MSE must be a dedicated space that remains constant and consistent

All elements of physical comfort must be anticipated. Control of the temperature, lighting, noise level, seating options and number of people in the room must be controlled for and preset for the individual

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MSE - Theoretical Framework

Designed to empower by providing self-choice

The individual’s choices are honored and respected

If they wish to leave, after any period of time, they can

If they wish to explore and stay with one piece of equipment, they can

By providing a demand free, self-choice environment an individual is empowered and his/her self-determination enhanced.

Self-determination is critical in predicting various performance and satisfaction outcomes and is viewed as a fundamental human right

Self-determination contributes to educational and work goals by increasing self-sufficiency, autonomy, and valued life outcomes.

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Demand-free activity

MSE used as a non-directive, demand-free, recreational activity and /or educational tool, has therapeutic value.

Facilitator acts only as a guide introducing the equipment

Studies show no benefits when used as a controlled therapy which makes demands.

MSE showed more positive outcomes when used as a demand-free, self-choice activity.

No demands are made of the individual, No questions are asked , No directions or instructions are given.

No initiating talking to the individual - Silence is observed

Speak only when spoken to.

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Are there any rules yes

Are there any rules? Yes

  • No shoes

  • No nakedness

  • No sleeping

  • No endangering themselves or others

  • No deliberate destroying of property

    At any point in time if one of the above occurs, the session stops immediately and the individual is escorted outside.


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MSE - Theoretical Framework

Trained facilitators

First stimulus

Guides user through MSE experiences

Provides warm interaction, guides user toward sensory stimuli and engagement of objects.

Facilitator must :

Be empathetic and caring,

Have an understanding of the user’s sensory interests

Know how to introduce stimuli to change brain arousal and motivation

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MSE - Theoretical Framework

Techniques to change brain arousal and motivation

Three premises to brain arousal and the well-being

Central to quality of life is cognition and brain activity and emotional function;

(b) The central nervous system arousal is fundamental to all cognition, brain activity, and emotional function;

(c) The core to increasing one’s brain arousal is sensory stimulation.

Brain arousal is higher in those who are (a) more alert to multi sensory stimuli, (b) more motor active, and (c) more reactive emotionally. Arousal is a dynamic changing process related to direct and indirect responses to internal and external stimuli.

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MSE - Theoretical Framework

Techniques to change brain arousal and motivation

For a human to be aroused, there must be some change in the environment. If there is change, there must be some uncertainty about the state of the environment.

Brain arousal increases with intensity, complexity, novelty, unexpectedness, inconsistency, infrequency, changing environments, incongruence, the unusual.

Arousal can be decreased with constancy, repetition, familiarity, and neutrality.

The optimal level of arousal is unique to each individual and is based on their sensory needs and interests.

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Mse delivery model building mse to enrich quality of life

MSE - Delivery ModelBuilding MSE to Enrich Quality of Life

STEP 3 -Techniques to facilitate change in brain arousal.

STEP 2 - Facilitator who understands the users sensory needs and guides the user through demand-free, self-choice opportunities to facilitate empowerment and self determination.

STEP 1 - Physical space (room design and equipment selection) to provide a safe, comfortable environment with consistent and constant stimulation of all the senses.

THE MSE DELIVERY MODEL

an engineered environment devoted to simulation of all the senses

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Mse delivery model building mse to enrich quality of life1

MSE - Delivery ModelBuilding MSE to Enrich Quality of Life

STEP 3 -Techniques to facilitate change in brain arousal.

STEP 2 - Facilitator who understands the users sensory needs and guides the user through demand-free, self-choice opportunities to facilitate empowerment and self determination.

STEP 1 - Physical space (room design and equipment selection) to provide a safe, comfortable environment with consistent and constant stimulation of all the senses.

THE MSE DELIVERY MODEL

an engineered environment devoted to simulation of all the senses

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Mse delivery model building mse to enrich quality of life2

MSE - Delivery ModelBuilding MSE to Enrich Quality of Life

STEP 3 -Techniques to facilitate change in brain arousal.

STEP 2 - Facilitator who understands the users sensory needs and guides the user through demand-free, self-choice opportunities to facilitate empowerment and self determination.

STEP 1 - Physical space (room design and equipment selection) to provide a safe, comfortable environment with consistent and constant stimulation of all the senses.

THE MSE DELIVERY MODEL

an engineered environment devoted to simulation of all the senses

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Sandra fornes ed d

Our Inspiration

Christopher Douglas Fornes (1981-2006)

For further information:

Sandra Fornesphone: 205-594-4875

fax: 954-252-2522e-mail: [email protected]

Christopher Douglas Hidden Angel Foundation (CDHAF) is a registered charitable organization in Canada and the USA.

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