THE term snoezelen is often mentioned in association with special education facilities.
It is coined from two Dutch words meaning sniff and doze. A snoezelen therapy room is essentially equipped with multi-sensory equipment designed to alleviate stress in children with special needs.
Honouring its pledge made in 2007, Procter & Gamble Malaysia Sdn Bhd opened the Open Minds Snoezelen Room at Sekolah Kebangsaan Putrajaya Precinct 9 (2) on Tuesday. It is deemed the largest facility of its kind in the country.
The pledge was made at the launch of the special education blueprint at the school by the Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Nur Zahirah. Besides its regular primary curriculum, the school has nine special education classes catering for 54 special children with dyslexia, autism, Down Syndrome and other disabilities.
Present at the unveiling ceremony were Education Ministry special education division director Bong Muk Shin, P&G Asean vice-president Sam Kim and P&G Malaysia country chief executive Yuri Hermida.
During a tour of the room and other special education facilities, school principal Khamisah Noor Md Zin said some of the multi-sensory equipment gave the special needs children a sense of progress and achievement.
“These jigsaw poles for instance will emit a sound when the pieces are properly fitted together,” she pointed out.
The room and other special education facilities were built at a cost of RM350,000.
At the school, the children with special needs are exposed to a wide range of therapeutic activities such as archery, horse riding and swimming.