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Scully/The World Show

Ad Verheul and Jan Hulsegge (#1338)

Not so long ago, when it came to the treatment of autistic and severely handicapped patients, the medical community responded with a pitifully passive approach. Rooms were sterile and dark, the atmosphere uninspired. In response, child psychologists Ad Verheul and Jan Hulsegge in Holland felt these restricted, hyper-safe environments ran completely counter to what the patients needed. It encouraged them to introduce more sensory stimulation in their environment, providing elements that would encourage some sort of response, such as colorful mobiles hanging over their beds. What evolved was a full-scale environment known as a Snoezelen Room, where multisensory stimulation by way of an array of colors, lights, shapes and music was used, elements that were found to both soothe and generate a reaction. In this episode, Verheul and Hulsegge convey how they introduced these ideas to the medical community, garnered strong support from parents and effectively revolutionized treatment programs for these patients around the world. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Series Description: SCULLY/THE WORLD SHOW is devoted to one-on-one interviews with some of the world's most significant and famous personalities. Host Robert Scully has been described by Canadian daily La Presse as "the best interviewer on television." Since its debut in Canada in 1983, the series has featured Nobel laureates, heads of state, royalty, authors, financiers, athletes, designers, diplomats and philanthropists.

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