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International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease
Volume 2012, Article ID 294801, 7 pages
Research Article

Functional Analytic Multisensory Environmental Therapy for People with Dementia

Division of Biological Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, First Avenue at 16th Street, 6th Floor, Silver Building, Room 34, 6 Karpas Pavilion, NY 10003, USA

Received 22 September 2011; Revised 16 November 2011; Accepted 25 November 2011

Academic Editor: Leonardo Pantoni

Copyright © 2012 Jason A. Staal. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper introduces Functional Analytic Multisensory Environmental Therapy (FAMSET) for use with elders with dementia while using a multisensory environment/snoezelen room. The model introduces behavioral theory and practice to the multisensory environment treatment, addressing assessment, and, within session techniques, integrating behavioral interventions with emotion-oriented care. A modular approach is emphasized to delineate different treatment phases for multisensory environment therapy. The aim of the treatment is to provide a safe and effective framework for reducing the behavioral disturbance of the disease process, increasing elder well-being, and to promote transfer of positive effects to other environments outside of the multisensory treatment room.