GENERAL OBJECTIVE OF THE PROJECT Encourage the channels of sensory stimulation and senses of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder to increase their function and thus achieve a greater response of the patient and a better knowledge of the environment and himself.
WHAT IS IT AND WHAT IS IT FOR THE "SNOEZELEN ROOM" The snoezelen room was created in 1970, in the Netherlands by Jan Hulsegge and Ad Verheul Dutch therapists, who wanted to create an alternative place of leisure, where they could enjoy their patients, with various disabilities from severe to moderate after a short while and with the observed improvements. They began to replicate these classrooms worldwide. Space is a physically and cognitively accessible environment, equipped with elements that provide stimuli and causes the awakening of the senses favoring the understanding of the environment and oneself and invites exploration.
The most primary way to interact with our environment is through the senses and movement. Since its inception it has become another way of approaching the person with autism, achieving highly positive evolutions through relaxation and multisensory stimulation. The main thing is that the multisensory room "SNOEZELEN ROOM" is accessible for the control of stimuli and space. The professional who is in charge of the room, an occupational therapist, plans and develops the sessions. Previously, an evaluation of each user is carried out where the most affected areas of each one are valued in order to work on them during the room session. Each session lasts 30 to 45 minutes and around 40 to more users benefit from it.
DIAGNOSIS OF THE PROBLEM The snoezelen concept assumes that the world in which we live is a mixture of sensations of light, sounds, smells, tastes and varied tactile experiences. Sensations to which we have access from our sensory organs: ear, eyes, nose, mouth, skin. The Snoezelen space has as one of its objectives to favor the use of these senses, facilitating the experience of rich and varied sensory experiences. The space snoezelen understood as a specially adapted room with material technically prepared to provide diverse sensory experiences.
In the Integral Therapy Center for Children with Autism, Asociación Civil TINA A.C. We have a room snoezelen but unfortunately this room could not be made concrete leaving the classroom unfinished, at present we work in the area but with the deficiencies of equipment, materials and adjustments of the spaces, as well as objects that need to be lined so that they have the necessary security to work with the children of our center, that is why we ask for your support to be able to realize this project and offer a true sensory experience to our patients.