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Paul Pagliano

Join us for an evening information session with keynote speaker Paul Pagliano as he presents on the benefits of Multi Sensory Environments.

Paul Pagliano PhD is Associate Professor in the School of Education at James Cook University, Townsville, Australia. He has a passionate interest in making multisensory stimulation more accessible to individuals with disabilities and has published widely on this topic including the books: Multisensory Environments and Using a Multisensory Environment (David Fulton Publishers, London).

As an internationally recognized speaker, Paul has delivered keynote papers and seminars throughout many countries. Paul has broad interests in education, including the provision of education services for students with special needs. Paul is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, British Journal of Visual Impairment, Australian Education Researcher, Australasian Journal of Special Education, and Journal of the South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment.

What are Multi Sensory Environments?

A Multi Sensory Environment (MSE) is a dedicated space or room where multi sensory stimulation is used to improve brain activity in individuals with cognitive challenges and other disabilities. These rooms are designed with two goals in mind: to promote intellectual activity and to encourage relaxation. These controlled environments are packaged for active or passive interaction, and matched to fit the perceived motivation, interests, leisure, relaxation and/or educational needs of the user.

Multi Sensory Environment Rooms Include:

  • Lighting effects
  • Sensory activities
  • Tactile experiences
  • Cause and effect
  • Soft play items
  • Sound effects
  • Selected rhythmical music
  • Tasting experiences
  • Vestibular swings & proprioception orientation

Who can benefit from these environments?

Benefits individuals with:

  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Profound multiple disabilities
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Hearing Impairment
  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
    and ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)
  • Pervasive developmental delays
  • Mental dysfunction
  • Brain injury
  • Stroke
  • Coma
  • Alzheimers and Dementia


The Christopher Douglas Hidden Angel Foundation’s mission is to enrich the lives of individuals with cognitive and physical impairments through the use of Multi Sensory Environments in therapeutic recreation and education. Productivity, inclusion, independence and self-determination all can be fostered in Multi Sensory Environments. The more autonomy disabled individuals with challenges gain, the fewer supports they need — leading to improved community involvement, enriched quality of life, and improved health and social well-being


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