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Nicole Verret

9/21/2015

LEI 4724

Snoezelin
Citation Source: Hunt, B. (2014). Using snoezelin rooms to address maladaptive behavior in
children with developmental disability.
Equipment Needed: Snoezelin room, a quiet room that does not have white walls which has
items specifically purchased items such as music devices, bubble columns, projectors, spotlights,
fiber optic lights (varying lengths, up to 6 feet), aromatherapy diffuser, mirror ball ,tactile
objects.
Activity Description: Snoezelin is a collection of sensory equipment, which focuses on sensory
goals and stimulation. The activity is designed to provide a calming environment to reduce
harmful stimuli and to help reduce negative emotions and stimuli which can cause negative
behahviors (Hunt, 2014). In this activity, it is designed for individuals with developmental
disabilities. This can be used in multi-week sessions and last 20-30 minutes (Hunt, 2014).
Leadership Considerations: With an activity like this which is clearly focused on specific
outcomes it would be important to work with specific goals and have outcomes tracked to tell if
they are effective for the client. Additionally, it is important with Snoezelin that the facilitator is
present but allows the client to explore and enable the participant without directing them (Hunt,
2014). It is also important to think about the clients interest in this, and be observant for adverse
reactions to the room.
Adaptations: For clients who are hospitalized due to medical illness, the snoezelin can be placed
onto a cart to create a mobile station. This could help alleviate anxiety, provide relaxation in
conjunction with other modalities like guided imagery. Additionally the cart can be sanitized,
between each visit to patients provide infection control.
The snoezelin cart or room could also be used with individuals who have dementia, to provide a
calm, relaxing environment specifically during times that restlessness or sun downing behaviors
are present. A cart may be useful as it could be used in a group setting but then also used as 1:1
approach with residents are displaying increased agitation or restlessness.