Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

The Multi-Sensory Intervention as an Additional Environment for Physical Therapy: Five Case Studies

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

The Multi-Sensory Intervention as an Additional Environment for Physical Therapy: Five Case Studies

Article excerpt

The multi-sensory treatment, also known as "Snoezelen" was established in the early 70's. The approach was initiated by Ad Verheul's, a Dutch art therapist. It emphasizes both the importance of the physical environment (an adapted sensory environment) and the attitude of the caretaker (an "enabler"). 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. The Israel Elwyn residential setting in Jerusalem is the home for 250 individuals with variety levels of cognitive impairment.

Participants: 28 of the residents at the Elwyn center are treated in the multi-sensory environment. Most the patients are being treated for reduction of maladaptive behaviors. Five patients have been introduced to the multi-sensory environment after conventional physical therapy intervention has shown no progress.

1. A senior client losing his transitional abilities,

2. …

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