Mohawk College's Multi-Sensory Lab

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).

MSE Lab Community Program

MSE Lab Community Program (2023/2024)

Mohawk College is pleased to offer access to the onsite MSE Lab Community Program, for agencies and individuals, through 2 convenient bundle options. The passes for purchase are based on an individual session being priced at $8.50. The two bundle options and their prices are outlined below:

  • 5 Pass Bundle = $42.50
  • 10 Pass Bundle (10% discount) = $76.50

You can find both the MSE Session Booking Link and the Community Program Payment Form in the signature of my email. For the Program Payment Form, simply click the link and follow the form’s prompts which will take you to a page that will allow you to pay for your selected bundle option using a credit card (Visa or MasterCard). You will then receive an email confirmation and a digital receipt of the purchase. You will receive an email notification when you have 1 session remaining in your bundle.

Some additional details to note:

  • 1 Pass is equal to 1 Session.
  • 1 session is 45 minutes in length.
  • The MSE Lab can accommodate a maximum of 3 people and 2 support staff in the room at a time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out. Warmly,

Kaela Millar
Multi-Sensory Lab Technologist

Phone: 905-575-1212 | Fax: 905-575-2378
135 Fennell Avenue West
Hamilton, ON L9C 0E5 Canada

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

Mohawk Press about the Lab

Photo Gallery

Towering tubes filled with bubbles and colourful lights

Towering Bubble Tube

A swinging leaf chair.

Swinging Leaf Chair

The MSE Lab

The MSE Lab

Multiple tubes with bubbles and one tube of a frosted hurricane.

Frosted Hurricane and Bubble Tubes

A disco ball with the light effect.

Disco Ball Effect

A portrait of Charles Barkley the sensory dog.

Charles Barkley Sensory Dog

Blue lighting of the MSLE Lab

Blissfully Calm