An analysis of Snoezelen equipment to reinforce persons with severe or profound mental retardation

Johnny L. Matson, Department of Psychology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA.
Jay W. Bamburg
Yemonja Smalls


Systematically developing methods of reinforcement for persons with severe and profound mental retardation has only recently received a good deal of attention. This topic is important since professionals in the field often have difficulty identifying sufficient numbers of positive stimuli. Snoezelen equipment as reinforcement for individuals with severe and profound mental retardation was evaluated because of the promise it holds for this population. Types of Snoezelen equipment which were most often approached and most reinforcing for these persons were identified. Implications of the findings for future assessment and treatment are discussed.