Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Improving Staff and Residents' Wellbeing Using the Multi-Sensory Treatment Room: 10 Cases with Washout Periods

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Improving Staff and Residents' Wellbeing Using the Multi-Sensory Treatment Room: 10 Cases with Washout Periods

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The multi-sensory treatment, also known as "Snoezelen" was established in the early 70's. The approach emphasizes both the importance of the physical environment (an adapted sensory environment) and the attitude of the caretaker (an "enabler"). The philosophy behind the multi-sensory treatment believes that when accepting the client as a person and adapting the environment to suit the client's needs, they become less stressed and more communicative. Few studies have been carried out trying to prove the efficacy of the multi-sensory philosophy as a therapeutic tool. So far results have been questionable.

Participants: 28 of the residents at the Israel Elwyn residential setting in Jerusalem and the home for 230 individuals with varying levels of cognitive impairment were treated in the multi-sensory environment. One of the common treatment goals is reduction of maladaptive behaviors. Since maladaptive behaviors are known as one of the commonest cause for personnel erosion, reducing such behaviors will greatly improves both staff and residents well-being. …

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