Sunday 6 May 2012


AGE GROUP: 4 – 10 years

  • Developing language skills
  • Understanding subjectivity of perception
  • Learning to find out important parts of information and structure
  • Practicing flexibility


1) Choose a well-known song in your mother tongue. For English speaking children it could be anything like: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Bah, Bah Black Sheep, Old McDonald etc. For older children we can choose more sophisticated or longer tunes such as The Twelve Days of Christmas or even Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.

2) Say to your child or children that now you are going to draw, but something really special – not what you will see, but what you will hear.

3) Draw the picture with your children and talk about what you do. Support them in a positive way, but let them to show their creativity and independence. With older children you can make the exercise more difficult, but asking them to draw the main idea of the song, or to make it as a comics if they like.

4) If you have more than one child in the group, let them present their pictures in the end and explain what they made


Try to talk with them actively during the process and afterward as well when they open the issue themselves. You can support the discussion with any questions like this:
  • What was the most difficult thing to draw?
  • Do you think you succeeded to draw the song precisely?
  • Would anyone else guessed correctly what is the name of the song (and you can test this with your grandparents for instance)?
  • What have you learnt today while drawing?

Friday 23 December 2011

We wish you all the best in whatever you want to discover!

How you can support the Snoezelen therapy room in Bucharest

If you wish to help Tottoro Association to set up multi-sensory Snoezelen room you can redirect 20% of company’s profit tax.

Law 571/2003 regarding the Fiscal Code, Chapter III, Article 31, regarding the tax credit mentions the following conditions: the company should be within 3‰ of the turnover and not exceed 20% of the tax owed. These provisions came into force on 1 January 2004.

A sponsorship or patronage contract should be signed with the Association until 31st of December 2011.

What are your advantages?

Your company will benefit from indirect advertising through promotion of the company brand and name on our website and social media outlets, on the Association’s promotional materials and the Association’s annual report. Your company could also mention it’s donation in its Corporate Social Responsibility programme.

And we, with your help, will build a multi-sensory Snoezelen room for our beneficiaries: children with sensory impairments, ADHD and economically disadvantaged.

What is the 2% campaign?

Annually, each individual has the obligation to pay income tax to the state.

The 2% tax provision allows each person to choose a charity or non-governmental organization to which they wish to reallocate 2% of the tax they already paid.

By participating in the 2% campaign, you can help children in difficult life situations without any extra personal cost. If you do not decide yourself who to allocate these funds to, the state will allocate them on your behalf.

What should I do?


1. Download one of the forms below and fill it in.

2. You can submit completed forms in person or through the post (with confirmation for reception) to the Financial Administration to which you belong.

3. DONE!

If you income in 2011 came from wages only, download and complete this form.
If you had other sources of income in 2011, download and complete this form.

Tottoro Association
Cod fiscal: 28150482
Cod IBAN: RO80RNCB0072121563250002
Open at BCR - Victoriei branch

For more information on the 2% national campaign, please visit the website:

You have Snoezelen in your garden and you may not know it

"Snoezelen means taking care of your soul, while basic stimulation takes care of your body, but it is very simplified formulation," says Renata Filatová, designer and producer of Snoezelen rooms. "Whenever I read in the Internet, that Snoezelen means sniffing out and dozing, it makes my blood boil! It is important to understand that we are talking about much deeper concept, about an environment, which multiplies any kind of therapy."

How did you find out about Snoezelen?

I am producing assistive devices for basic stimulation since 1999 and thanks to that I got to visit many organisations: intensive care departments, children centres, kindergartens and elementary schools for children with special needs, hospitals, rest-homes for seniors or departments of long-term care and aftercare. I produced many specific assistive devices without the possibility to influence the whole design of a room. Snoezelen brings conceptual solutions of the space so clients perceive it as being a harmonised unit in every single detail. Few years ago I was happy to meet Dr. Hana Stachova, and we produced our first Snoezelen room Cloverleaf Ostrava Center (Čtyřlístek – USP Ostrava-Muglinov)

What is the situation of Snoezelen in Czech Republic now?

The Association of the Snoezelen Concept of the Czech Republic was launched in Ostrava this year. We published the first book in Czech language in this field, we organize seminars, conferences, and we build new Snoezelen rooms of course, not only here, but in Poland, Slovakia or Saudi Arabia as well. We became member of International Snoezelen Association (ISNA), so that we can certificate the participants of our trainings to produce rooms and act as professional therapist.

Snoezelen is not very wide spread in Romania, mother country of the Tottoro Association. Are you interested in cooperation?

Any kind of cooperation is welcome, not only for transferring our know-how but to build and learn from others. I deeply believe that we can learn from our Romanian colleagues too. Many of the devices used in Snoezelen rooms are only substitutes of nature. You may have Snoezelen in your garden at your cottage and not to see it. You are sitting on your terrace, drinking coffee and reading newspapers, you have a wind-bell from bamboo wood hanged on the tree in front of you. You experience the deepest possible relaxation and you might even not know it comes from the bell.

Wednesday 21 December 2011

Tottoro Association plans to open Snoezelen therapy room in Bucharest

Snoezelen is a type of therapy that is used for people with developmental disabilities, and involves exposing them to a soothing and stimulating environment, the "snoezelen room". These rooms deliver stimuli to various senses, using lighting effects, color, sounds, music, scents, etc.

You Can Get Involved

By making a donation, you can help us improve the quality of life of children with special needs and their families. Choose to be involved!

You can make a donation at any time:

Tottoro Association
Cod fiscal: 28150482
Cod IBAN: RO80RNCB0072121563250002
Open at BCR - Victoriei branch

Thank you for your help and support!

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