MULTISENSORY REHABILITATION PROGRAM
Our IGNITE Program seeks to enrich the health and wellbeing of people with cognitive, emotional and physical challenges as well as the lives of their family members by using Multisensory Environments. Our focus is the design, development and implementation of these multisensory rooms that seek to facilitate productivity, inclusion, independence, self- determination and education of the beneficiary. Access to multisensory rooms can improve the health and quality of life of people with disabilities, improving their brain activity.
Unfortunately, these individuals do not have widespread access to therapeutic recreation or sensory stimulation in Colombia, nor the rest of the continent. Therefore, providing people with disabilities access to such activities and products that they need, remains a challenge assumed by The SSalomon Foundation.
Some of the benefits to our beneficiaries are:
•Progress in attention, language, motor skills, muscle tone and posture.
•Improvement in following instructions.
•Increase in curiosity, search and interaction.
•Improvement of socio affective situations
•Increase in security and raised self-esteem
•The therapist works the cognitive, social, language and psychomotor areas without over-stimulating the user.
The right amount of stimulation and use of motor skills produced in sufficient frequency, intensity and duration, activate and/or stimulates the brain, improving its organization and allowing an increase in functional activity.
Working towards building a more organized and stronger, more efficient nervous system, people can improve their ability to demonstrate and access their true potential. Brain development is determined by the constant exchange of inputs and outputs. IGNITE allows access to alter the functional abilities of the brain.
For people with cognitive disabilities, sensory stimulation is sometimes the only way to improve and enhance synaptic conections and neuro-transmission. Our approach is documented by studies of neurology and emotional development. Our centers help us restore the motor functions of individuals through different techniques and specialized equipment to improve their quality of life. Additionally, we raise awareness within our patients’ families about early intervention and future treatment.
HOW IT WORKS:
Each room counts with a Coordinator-Chief Therapist.
The equipment used in therapy sessions depends on the results of a previous diagnosis.
Each session has specific objectives and lasts 10 to 30 minutes.
From the first session the child’s/patient’s behavior is observed and evaluated.
This therapy does not conflict with any other stimulation therapy, it simply compliments it.
HOW DOES THE SERVICE WORK?
•People without a disability process 300 stimuli every 30 minutes. Those with intellectual disabilities, only process 1-5 stimuli every 30 minutes.
•When the brain experiences sensations it begins to make nerve connections thus, learn new things.
•Our sensory needs are similar to our nutritional needs. For a brain to learn it requires sensory experiences. The more sensations one experiences, the more they learn.
Our multisensory rooms consist of several high-tech interactive tools aimed at stimulating the primary senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste. In this interactive space the program’s beneficiaries experience multiple sensations through sound, light effects and smells, in a warm, quiet and relaxing atmosphere.
SSALOMON we will have the latest multi-sensory rooms in Colombia. We will also have virtual rehabilitation equipment which will facilitate didactically the rehabilitation of people.
WHAT IS A MULTISENSORY ROOM?
The multi-sensory stimulation room, commonly known as the White Room or Snoelezen - composed of two Dutch words meaning "soak and sound," - was developed in the Netherlands in the 70s by two therapists. In 1992 the rooms started to spread in the U.S. and Canada.
These rooms consist of several tools, their objective aimed at stimulating the primary senses: hearing, sight, touch, smell and taste. It is an interactive space in which the person, child or adult, experiences multiple sensations through different sounds, light effects and pleasant odors in a warm, peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.
This method is beneficial for all types of disabilities. It may even help people with degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.
Design and creation of multi-sensory rooms
Aditionally, our foundation provides assistance and technical support for the establishment of multisensory rooms accessible to the public, research and education.