SENSORY ROOM (SNOEZELEN ROOM)
A MULTI-SENSORY EXPERIENCE for INDIVIDUALS of
WHAT IS A SENSORY ROOM?
A safe, multi-sensory, stimulating and/or relaxing environment that allows clients to self-regulate and choose a variety of sensations that they wish to experience – movement, massage, sights, sounds, smells, touch, vibrations, etc.
WHO CAN USE IT?
Research has shown that multisensory rooms are beneficial for individuals with autism and also individuals with brain
injuries, learning disabilities, dementia, mental health concerns, challenging behaviours, physical challenges and more.
USE OF THE ROOM
The Sensory Room will be booked by appointment. It is not available for drop-in. Appointments will be 45 minutes in length. A parent/guardian, caregiver, or support professional must always be present in the room. Users will be required to review the Sensory Room policies and to sign a legal release.
Families and Professionals interested in using the Sensory Room must attend an introductory workshop before being able to access the room. There is no cost for this session.
Contact Autism Yukon at to find out about the next session.
Members of the public may also request a tour of the room.
SENSORY ROOM PHILOSOPHY
The room should be artificially created and supported by the natural environment.
The session should be devoted to the stimulation of all the senses (at least 3 at a time).
It must be safe, comfortable, consistent, and predictable (start out in the same way each time).
Empowerment through self-choice.
Using the sensory room is a demand-free activity and provides the possibility of both interactive and passive use.
Facilitators must be trained. Clients should not be in the room alone.
Fornes, S. (2009). Multi Sensory Environments. Ashville, Alabama, Chrilisan, LLC.