Snoezelen. Victoria L. Rice Governors State University Educ 737 Winter 2002. What Is Snoezelen ?. Snoezelen (pronounced snoozelen) is a technical term for a concept designed to appeal to the senses.
Victoria L. Rice
Governors State University
Since its beginning at the DeHartenberg Center in Holland, snoezelen has become a very meaningful activity for the severely retarded and has developed into a completely new occupation. The snoezelen program is relatively new. It’s purpose is to deliver sensory or motor relaxation. Sensory stimulation may also be a goal if determined appropriate for a particular participant.
Snoezelen focuses on creating a world where the senses are experienced in a self contained environment.
The opportunity for choice
The opportunity to set the pace
The correct length of time
A selective offer of stimuli
The proper fundamental attitude
The right supervisionSnoezelen in Practice the “Snoezelen Room”
Previously we have described a snoezelen room where the environment is controlled in a self contained setting. The following pictures are designed to demonstrate some of the “snoezelen” possibilities available. Your own research and needs of the population you serve will be decisive in establishing the “snoezelen” experience you desire.