Thanks to support from a Community Grant, Hopewell Children’s Home was able to create a Snoezelen room for their clients. Snoezelen Multi-Sensory Environments are relaxing spaces that help reduce agitation and anxiety, but they can also engage and delight the user, stimulate reactions, and encourage communication. These environments can be used to calm and reduce agitation through the use of gentle light, soothing sound, relaxing smells, and textures. This dark, sensory rich space provided an opportunity for their clients to feel calm if they are feeling anxious or angry.
Multi-sensory environments can be completely personalized to create a safe space for all clients. The clients of Hopewell are children living with a disability and as such they often struggle to cope with the world around them. Things such as loud noises, bright spaces, rough patterns, or food with unwelcome texture can be difficult for them. If a client has a negative response to anything they now know that there is a safe space that is calming where they can go and find relief.