have been in existence since the 1970s beginning in Europe first MSR was introduced in Canada in 1992 in Torontos Childrens Centre also referred to as snoezelen rooms (a combination of the Dutch words snuffelen, meaning to seek out or explore, and doezelen, which means to relax) the Public Schools Finance Board refers to snoezelen rooms in discussing space standards for special education areas 12
Multi-sensory rooms are designed environments that provide a safe place to promote: communication stimulation sensory exploration relaxation Intellectual activity 13
Two main approaches in using Multi-Sensory Rooms: to provide an experience where students can relax and explore under the guidance of a teacher or educational assistant for achieving specific and measurable educational goals (e.g., communication goals, such as turn taking, academic goals, such as alphabet knowledge) 14
Usage to calm down agitated/upset students create a learning environment where non-verbal students can explore different sensory experiences (e.g., scents, textures, visual prompts & stimulation, hand-on manipulatives) to achieve IEP goals (e.g., develop motor skills, stimulate visual and tactile skills) 16
Recycling Ink Cartridges, Laser jet Cartridges, Cell-phones, and soon digital cameras Provides meaningful work experience Supports environmental causes, sponsors tree planting Raises money for classroom projects Gross motor skills
Questions ??? Technology provides abilities for those that are less able.