Special Needs and Therapeutic Environments
Any facility that benefits from creating or maintaining the psychological wellbeing or minimizing stress or trauma levels of its patients may benefit from the use of the Multisensory Stimulation System.
Some promising Special Needs and Therapeutic applications include:
- Assisting with development and learning for Autistic individuals
- Improving quality of life for Alzheimer’s patients within extended care facilities, as well as minimizing stress for their caregivers
- Helping veterans and others dealing with PTSD
MSS is ideal for integration into multisensory environments for Special Needs individuals and other therapeutic spaces, including hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, doctor’s and dentist’s waiting rooms, psychology offices, etc. After experiencing a prototype journey, Dr. Ken Druck noted that MSS can help people “process grief”.
Doctors and nurses, psychotherapists, and hospital staff have expressed interest in adapting our systems for similar purposes, including soothing patients and stimulating the natural healing process in both pre- and post-treatment settings.
Beth Comstock, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for GE, experienced MSS at the Google Zeitgeist event and suggested that this type of system may have potential use within their medical imaging product line as a way to relax or comfort patients, specifically children, prior to intake.
Multisensory Research – the Scientific Foundation
Multisensory research is an interdisciplinary scientific field concerned with the neural and psychological mechanisms of intersensory interaction.
“MultiSensory Environments” (MSE’s) are now widely accepted as effective therapy for special needs populations by the staff that care for them. Originally developed from the Dutch “Snoezelen” concept, there are now thousands of MSEs worldwide developing new ways to encourage awareness, exploration, and learning. One company, TFH (Special Needs Toys), has created over 3,000 MSEs in a variety of settings in 20 countries.*
MSS BETA programs will continue to develop appropriate methods of product use, integration with other systems and the creation of specialized control interfaces for persons facing various challenges:
- Developmental Disabilities
- Children with Special Needs
- Mental Health
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Stroke & Traumatic Brain Injury
- Pain Control
- Dementia, Alzheimer’s, “Sundowners”
MSS Selected On-site Links Related to “Special Needs”
- Journeyer Portable model
- Journeyer 2 MSE – With Mobile Container/Trailer
- AromaComposer in various configurations with various mounting schemes:
- Self Contained – automated models
- Manual “Special Needs Edition”
- Pro – Research Editions