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Release date 11-13-14


KVCC students create multi-sensory room thanks to Carl D. Perkins Fund grant


Fairfield, ME - Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program have created a multi-sensory room on the Fairfield campus of the College thanks to a grant awarded by the Carl D. Perkins Fund.

The “Sensory Corner” room was completed this week as part of a community service learning project undertaken by the students, and is designed based on a concept from Jan Hulsegge and Ad Verheul of the Netherlands called “Snoezelen.”

The name Snoezelen is derived from the Dutch words “snuffelen” and “doezelen”; meaning to explore and relax, respectively. This concept utilizes a multi-sensory environment for self-exploration of sensory needs. The stimuli targets primary senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell which either relax or energize the individual. Ultimately, Snoezelen enables individuals to utilize self-calming techniques and increase self-esteem.

Sensory Corner will promote exploration of which sensory input is best for individuals through this multi-sensory environment. The goal of the project is to provide OTA students with an opportunity to learn about this vital modality; the assessment process and subsequent intervention methods needed to support the health and wellness needs of Maine’s citizens, especially those experiencing barriers to successful living.

Sensory Corner is located on the second floor of KVCC’s Bernard King Hall, in Room 244. The room was painted a pale blue in order to promote a calming atmosphere throughout and enhance the therapeutic effects of the room’s equipment.

The equipment for Sensory Corner was funded by a U.S. Department of Education Carl T. Perkins Grant (2014).

The OTA students are hosting an open house for the KVCC college community as well as local partners on Friday, November 14th from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.



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