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What Is Multi-Sensory Stimulation?

The Sensory Stimulation Environment

Multi-sensory Stimulation is a relatively new intervention which is closely related to the ideas behind sensory stimulation therapy. The concept originated in the Netherlands in the 1960s, in the field of learning disabilities, and was first described in the UK by Hulsegge & Verheul (1987). Early work in this field called this intervention ‘snoezelen’, which is a Dutch word derived from an amalgamation of the verbs meaning ‘to explore’ and ‘to relax’. The term ‘snoezelen’ remains in common use, although the word has now been registered as a trademark by a company.

Recently, the use of this intervention has extended throughout the world and can be used in all facets of life and living. This form of therapy is becoming increasingly available both within and outside mental health facilities, for example in community facilities and residential homes. In addition, many places have portable versions of equipment that is usually found in a dedicated multi-sensory unit. These portable items can be used anywhere (e.g. at the bedside) and can thus incorporate aspects of the philosophy of multi-sensory therapy into the entire care environment.

Multi Sensory Environments can improve the health, social well-being and quality of life of persons with severe and profound intellectual disabilities, and of the elderly. It also aids in cognition and serve as a “the window to the brain”  By working towards a better-organized, stronger and more efficient nervous system, individuals become better able to demonstrate and to access their true potential. For individuals with cognitive impairment, Multi Sensory Stimulation is a way to improve and increase synaptic connections and neuron-transmission.

Exposure to frequent and various Sensory Stimulation can facilitate connectivity in the areas with damaged nervous systems, leading to improved cognitive functioning and environmental interaction.

Benefits of a Multi Sensory Environment

Multi Sensory Environments improve the development of thought, intelligence and social skills. Multi Sensory Environments offer people with cognitive impairments and other challenging conditions the opportunity to enjoy and control a variety of sensory experiences.

These populations rarely, if ever, experience the world as the majority of us do.

Limitations of movement, vision, hearing, cognitive ability, constrained space, behavioral difficulties, perception issues, pain, and other problems create obstacles to their enjoyment of life. Multi Sensory Environments provide opportunities for bridging these barriers.

Multi Sensory Environments generates a relaxing and calming effect, but also activates different perception areas aimed at basal stimulation for those who are neurologically impaired.

Time spent in a Multi Sensory Environment has been shown to increase concentration, focus attention, improve alertness, awaken memories, and to improve mobilization, creativity, social relations and communications, and general awareness of the surrounding world. The varied optical, acoustic, olfactory and tactile stimuli help hyperactive individuals concentrate and focus better. Multi Sensory Environments have not only provided alternative and powerful forms of sensory stimulation for individuals previously isolated in their perceptual disabilities; they have also managed to break into cultures within health and education, providing new ways of encouraging learning, motor development, cognitive development, language and social interaction skills.

Multi Sensory Environments can open up a whole new world for individuals with cognitive and physical impairments. Providing a stimulating environment can:

  • Increase concentration and focus attention
  • Develop or reactivate senses of hearing, sight, smell, touch, and taste
  • Heighten awareness and improve alertness
  • Improve coordination and motor development
  • Promote cognitive development by increased brain function
  • Lead participants to explore their environment
  • Provide security
  • Be an unrestrained atmosphere where participants feel able to enjoy themselves.
  • Improve creativity
  • Stimulate the sensory building blocks
  • Develop of a sense of cause and effect
  • Develop language – more vocalization
  • Promote social interactions
  • Promote mental and physical relaxation  – Stress levels drop dramatically
  • Result in more calmness and lower aggressive behaviors
  • Increase opportunity for choice and self-determination
  • Improve communication and sharing
  • Lead to non-responsive patients becoming communicatative
  • Provide relief from pain and painful physiotherapy

Last but not least, participants are happier and have fun.

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