Located in Room A119 at Fennell Campus
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).
The Multi-Sensory Lab is associated with:
Related Links and Research
- Multi-sensory environments provide relief escape (opens new window)
- Autistic children, and adults, find calm in a "Snoezelen" room (opens new window)
- Trippy Care Room Offers Patients Sensory Treatment for Medical Recovery-Hamilton Spectator (opens new window)
- Sensory room in Lisle aimed at helping developmentally disabled **(similar equipment to Mohawk's Lab)** (opens new window)
- Music and Memory Website Link (Demonstrates the impact of Music as a Stimulation Device across the Lifespan) (opens new window)
- Sensory rooms help students with disabilities learn to control behaviour, focus better (opens new window)
- Sensory Stimulation Station Herb Bassett (opens new window)
- Multi-Sensory Environments and Dementia (opens new window)
- A Child's view of sensory processing (a great basic teaching tool about the senses) (opens new window)
- Casa Pacifica multi-sensory de-escalation room (explores how a multi-sensory room can help with regulating emotions) (opens new window)
- Unique Sensory Therapy Helps Patients at BC Children's Hospital (opens new window)
- Alive Inside- Power of Music (opens new window)