What is Snoezelen?
Explanation of Snoezelen
Snoezelen is a word coined from a combination of the two, and was originally started in the 1970s in the Netherlands as a leisure activity for people with severe intellectual disabilities.
In the Snoezelen Room, the space where this activity takes place, things that gently stimulate the senses, such as light, sound, smell, vibration, and tactile materials, are effectively arranged.
In this space, users can enjoy their favorite senses and have a special time with no one telling them what to do.
In the 1980s, when aromatherapy, touching care, music therapy, and other forms of warm care began to attract attention, snoezelen developed mainly in Europe as part of a movement to unite them.
In recent years, it has spread to more than 30 countries around the world, and is often used as a therapeutic approach to change thoughts, feelings, and behaviors by using sensory stimulation that is comfortable for the person.
There are three elements that make up a snoezelen: (1) the user, (2) the caregiver, and (3) the environment.