MSE Lab Community Program to resume operations in August of 2022. Please check back for updates
What is the Multi-Sensory Lab all about?
Incorporates sensory equipment to help clients reach/advance their education and therapy goals.
The room fosters an environment that blends sights, sounds, textures, aromas and motion to provide stimulation of ones’ primary senses.
This client-centered room can be modified to meet specific sensory needs.
The most important benefit of all is that the client will have the opportunity for a meaningful leisure experience!
History of the Multi-Sensory Environment
- The concept of a Multi-Sensory Lab was created in the 1970’s by Jan Hulsegge and Ad Verheul, two Dutch Therapists.
- The two therapists worked at an institute for people with intellectual disabilities.
- It was during one summer that they created an experimental sensory tent for one of the institute’s annual summer fairs.
- The tent was full of basic equipment and objects that would essentially create some sort of effect. For example, they had a fan that blew shards of paper into the air or bottles full of scented liquids.
- The experimental tent was a huge success and it appeared that people with intellectual disabilities were actually demonstrating positive verbal and non-verbal reactions and feedback while visiting the tent.
- The two therapists coined the sensory experience a "Snoezelen" experience.
- Snoezelen is actually a combination of the two Dutch verbs "snuffelen" (to seek out/explore) and "dozelen" (to relax).
Programs associated with the MSE Lab
Programs that have integrated the Foundations of "Multi-Sensory Environments & Gentle Teaching" training within their program:
- Recreation Therapy (283)
- Brain Disorders Management (470)
- Mental Health Disorders Management (475)
- Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant (746)
- Early Childhood Education (213)
- Educational Support (747)
Upcoming training opportunities