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Exploring the multisensory environment as a leisure resource for people with complex neurological disability

Collier, Lesley and Truman, Juliette (2008) Exploring the multisensory environment as a leisure resource for people with complex neurological disability NeuroRehabilitation, 23, (4), pp. 361-367.

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The problems experienced by people with neurological disabilities create barriers to participation in leisure activities. Particular common features include cognitive deficits (attention, executive functioning, language and memory), functional difficulties (in activities of daily living), psychomotor impairment (dyspraxia and poor co-ordination), and behavioural difficulties (aggression, agitation, and wandering). The Multi-sensory environment (MSE) has the potential to accommodate some of these problems experienced by people with neurological disabilities and, as such, is a valuable leisure resource. Multi-sensory activity can address individual sensory needs, such as offering a stronger stimulus if initial attempts are unnoticed, and be offered alongside familiar activities and routines to enhance sensory awareness. If the complexity of the activity, individual needs, and MSE demands are matched, engagement in this activity may be achieved. The Pool Activity Level Occupational Profiling Tool can provide a protocol from which MSE activity may be facilitated. By using this tool the MSE fits well within the World Health Organisation International Classification of functioning, Disability and Health by facilitating participation and reducing environmental barriers.

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Published date: April 2008
Keywords: multi-sensory environment, snoezelen, leisure activity, participation, recreation, relaxation


Local EPrints ID: 165373
ISSN: 1053-8135
PURE UUID: 9238d71e-030c-48aa-abcf-e24e7bb47375
ORCID for Lesley Collier: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 11 Oct 2010 13:59
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:27

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