Marlene SH

Marlene Theager

Denmark

Snoezelen / Multi Sensory Environments (MSE): Facilitating Sensory Regulation And Connection

Marlene Theager has been employed for six years at Sødisbakke, a home and occupational activity center for adults with mental and physical disabilities.

She has gathered approximately 28 years of experience with people living with various intellectual and physical disabilities from several communities. Marlene offers counselling, psychological assessments, and lectures concerning specialized pedagogical initiatives regarding citizens with different kinds of disabilities. This work is carried out at Sødisbakke and for the national organization VISO, which offers counseling all over Denmark. She’s an acknowledged presenter, and her special professional interests and knowledge are the following:

· Sensory integration and stimulation regarding persons with difficulties processing, integrating, and responding to sensory stimuli.
· Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for persons who have various communication challenges. She has a deep knowledge of different types of assistive methods to support communication.
· Persons who have dementia.
· Neuropedagogy – neuropsychological functions of the brain and how to support skills and compensate for lack of abilities.

Marlene has achieved a bachelor’s degree as a pedagogue, a pedagogical diploma referring to specialized pedagogical approaches and logopedics, and a social diploma regarding dementia. She also has an education in neuropedagogy and Sensory Integration. Marlene is a board member of the Danish Snoezel Association.

Program Description

Persons with difficulties processing sensory stimuli can sometimes benefit from socializing in physical settings where sensory exposure can be regulated. Interacting in a more controlled sensory environment can give us some hints that can be useful in natural surroundings.

During this session, participants will be introduced to some of Snoezelen’s principles and thoughts about how to transfer experiences from controlled multi-sensory environments into everyday life, more natural situations, and spontaneous interaction. Furthermore, the participants will be presented with some suggestions concerning practical initiatives and approaches to help regulate individuals in a positive, supportive, and comforting way.

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