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Monday, September 11, 2017

Family and Children's Services FLA Snoezelen Room

Open a door to another world 
Family and Children's Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington deals with all kinds of kids. Some of them have sensory issues. Lights, noises, smells and other things can impact how they feel. It's important for the work we do to make kids feel comfortable and safe when we interact with them. That's why several years ago they built a Snoezelen Room at their Division Street office in Kingston - it's a special room designed for children and youth with Autism and other sensory processing disorders.
 
It features a specialized and controlled environment that provides children and adults an opportunity to engage their senses and experience sensory exploration through play. The objective of the Snoezelen Room is to provide a calming environment by eliminating outside distractions and over-stimulation of the senses. It uses visual, audio and tactile tools to enhance relaxation and contemplation. The net result is a unique calming environment, especially for children with certain kinds of sensory processing conditions, like Autism.  
 
Originally developed in the Netherlands in the 1970s, there are more than 1,200 Snoezelen Rooms worldwide. The term "Snoezelen" was created by two Dutch therapists and is derived from a contraction of two Dutch verbs:  "snuffelen" - to seek out or explore and "doezelen" - to relax. In Frontenac, Lennox & Addington, there are thought to be only a handful of such facilities.  We're already offering the room to community partners. 
 
The Snoezelen Room was built with a grant funded through the City of Kingston and United Way Community Investment Fund. Family and Children's Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington is grateful for their support. So, too, are their kids and families who use it.
 
It's just another way they're helping families. 



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