Bringing Multisensory Environments to your Pool and Community Centre
Co-Presenters: Leslie Aziz, City of Mississauga; Samantha Malone, Kinark Child and Family Services
A grant opportunity enabled the City of Mississauga to launch the “Snoezelen Pool Program,” a recreational swim in the dark that launched us into a new world of programming. This multisensory environment swim has attracted new customers and new ideas. Parents report tremendous success with children in the program and thank us for providing an affordable opportunity. As the program expands, strategies to assist customers are creating a more accessible environment for everyone. This presentation shared this journey with participants, who experienced a multisensory environment on a small scale. It looks at who benefits from multisensory environments and what to keep in mind when programming for specialized populations and at inexpensive ways to start programs, even without grant funding.
A presentation from the 2015 Parks and Recreation Ontario Educational Forum and Trade Show