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New Snoezelen Room added to a Southeast Kansas Facility

A new room designed to help individuals with special needs was a dream, but now a reality for New Hope Services in Pittsburg.

The vision started on paper five years ago, says Director Helen Cherry. Now the the facility has their own Snozelen Room, also know as a controlled multi-sensory environment.

It's a therapy room for individuals with autism or developmental disabilities.

The room allows them to be surrounded in a soothing and stimulating environment.

The space is specially designed to deliver stimuli to various senses, using lighting effects, color, sounds, music and scents.

The rooms were originally developed in the netherlands around in the 1970's.

Snoezelen Rooms have been established in institutions across the country and around the world since 1970.

New Hope Services support staff say the space has already had a impact on clients.

"We have some that just come in here and say "oh",and just sit back and they'll count the bubbles going up, or the colors blue, read and some of them just sit there and look. you can see they love it by the look on their face," said Tammy Witzel.

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