Ronald McDonald House Charities Fund Snoezelen Room for Pediatric Rehab at Allied Services

McDonald’s Restaurants of Northeastern PA representatives recently visited Allied Rehab to see the Snoezelen room, a controlled multisensory environment for pediatric rehab therapy funded by a donation from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeastern Pennsylvania.These rooms are specially designed to deliver stimuli to various senses, using lighting effects, color, sounds, music, scents, etc. The combination of different materials on a wall may be explored using tactile senses, and the floor may be adjusted to stimulate the sense of balance. Snoezelen therapy, developed in the Netherlands, is used for children with autism, other developmental disabilities, and brain injury, and can be used with toddlers.

Pictured from left: Bob Kohlra, General Manager, McDonald’s Keyser Avenue; Jeanne Anderson, Occupational Therapist, Allied Rehab Pediatric Programs; Christina Mueller, Ronald McDonald House Charities; Leann Nicolio, General Manager, Carbondale McDonald’s.