Monday, August 27, 2007

Mutisensory room

Hi again! I haven't posted anything in almost a month! That means I've been very busy. Our standers are finally packed and ready to go, special kiwi's sales teamand we had a meeting with our Special Kiwis' Sales Team last week to finally start promoting our products. We want to use special castors for our new stander, but there was a difficulty attaching the wheels to the frame. We had to figure out a cheap and easy way of fixing them. Alvaro, one of my former students, who's doing his professional practices (internship) with us, came out with a clever idea, but we still need to implement it.

mutisensory room, DIF El Sauz, Guadalajara, MexicoWe also had some difficulties with the mutisensory room for DIF Guadalajara. We got lost in bureaucracy for a couple of weeks, and then when the technicians finally came to finish up the room, some of the equipment was installed incorrectly. Now that everyone is back on track again, things are looking so much better. The room was supposed to be finished yesterday... (literally) I can't tell, because I spent yesterday's morning looking for an apartment to live for the next month. My previous landlady didn't want to keep me this month because she is looking for a student to stay for a whole semester (I was there during the summer holidays). Anyway, after I found a new place to live and moved my things in, I went to El Sauz to supervise the finishing of the room... but the painters were gone. They probably went to have something to eat, because they left some of the equipments on the halls... but the doors were closed. Tomorrow we'll do a final check and put some of the more delicate equipment, like: projectors, fibre optics, etc. By the way, the fibre optics are hallucinatingly breathtaking! We did some tests on friday... and we couldn't have enough staring at the lights. Now I know why they have a therapeutic effect on the patients of multisensory environments.

Speaking of snoezelen,
the International Snoezelen Association (ISNA) invites you to the 5th international symposium, which will be held in Montreal on September 20 and 21, 2007. The ISNA is an independent organization which allows people to share their knowledge about Snoezelen by promoting education, by supporting the research and by favoring cooperation. For those who are unfamiliar with Snoezelen, you must know that it is something that you live for yourself: your senses are stimulated by sounds, light effects, odors and textures. This approach has been elaborated for people with or without mental health problem, physical or intellectual disability. For more information, visit :

The concept of Snoezelen was defined in the late 1970s by two Dutch psychiatrists Jan Hulsegge and Ad Verheul after an experimental sensory tent at their annual summer fair at the Hartenberg institute in Holland, a center for people with intellectual disabilities.

The word "Snoezelen" is a contraction of the Dutch words:

"Snuffelen" : (to seek out, to explore)
and "doezelen" : (to relax)

I hope to have some spare time to post regularly again.

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