CYC-Net on Facebook CYC-Net on Twitter Search CYC-Net

Join Our Mailing List

Discussion Threads

Transcripts of Selected Group Discussions on CYC-Net

Since it's founding in 1997, the CYC-Net discussion group has been asked thousands of questions. These questions often generate many replies from people in all spheres of the Child and Youth Care profession and contain personal experiences, viewpoints, as well as recommended resources.

Below are some of the threads of discussions on varying Child and Youth Care related topics.

Questions and Responses have been reproduced verbatim.

ListenListen to this

Therapeutic rooms?

We're in the process of planning some upgrades to our program room and I'm having a hard time finding any information on creating a therapeutic space.

It's about the size of a typical classroom, and it's where the youth learn, create and play video games. Do you have an experience completing a similar process in your facility? If anyone has an ideas or info they can share we would really appreciate it!

Evelyn Downie
Dartmouth, NS

Do some research on snoezelen rooms... might not be appropriate as an overall theme, however some aspects of this space might be appropriate. I have found lights etc that fit my needs from Ikea once I did my initial research.

Theresa Fraser

For interest see:

This should be a place which the children feel is theirs not others.

Feet up... lounge... eat snacks. It should have interesting things like coffee-table books, books on tape/cd, drawing materials or dry erase boards all over to draw on the walls.

Donna Wilson


I just noticed this thread about therapeutic rooms. I just read a very interesting article on Snoezelen rooms. Here's the abstract if you are interested.


Jason Guay


Empirical Review of Product Representation

Betsy H. Botts
University of West Florida, Pensacola

Patti A. Hershfeldt
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

Robyn J. Christensen-Sandfort
University of West Florida, Pensacola

The purpose of this study was to critically review the empirical evidence surrounding three assertions presented by FlagHouse concerning Snoezelen® environments in day school public education settings. Given the absence of empirical literature examining the use of Snoezelen® in day school settings, the authors analyzed five studies that were conducted in residential settings. Findings indicate inconsistent effects of Snoezelen® environments on observable behavior, generalization of behaviors, and relaxation. With the increasing use of Snoezelen® in the American educational system, investigation of its efficacy is needed, particularly because of recent legislation calling for reliance on evidence-based practices. With the current paucity of empirical research, Snoezelen® environments do not meet the standards of evidence-based practice.

A term I have seen used on the net for therapeutic rooms is "comfort rooms".
Here is a link that gives you some ideas on how to design one, and what to put in the room – it's fairly general and the web page says it is aimed towards mental health.


The International Child and Youth Care Network

Registered Public Benefit Organisation in the Republic of South Africa (PBO 930015296)
Incorporated as a Not-for-Profit in Canada: Corporation Number 1284643-8

P.O. Box 23199, Claremont 7735, Cape Town, South Africa | P.O. Box 21464, MacDonald Drive, St. John's, NL A1A 5G6, Canada

Board of Governors | Constitution | Funding | Site Content and Usage | Advertising | Privacy Policy | Contact us

iOS App Android App