What is Snoezelen?
The Snoezelen Room is a multi-sensory environment filled with lighting effects, shapes, textures, soft music and colours. This multi-sensory room creates a stress free environment designed specifically for individuals with disabilities.
The History of Snoezelen
Snoezelen originated in Holland in the 1970’s as a recreational environment for adults with intellectual disabilities. The term “Snoezelen” is derived from two Dutch words meaning to “seek out or to explore” and to “relax”.
The concept of Snoezelen is based on the idea that everyone needs quality leisure time. This room provides individuals with disabilities a time of relaxation and enjoyment in a stimulating environment.
Who is Snoezelen For?
Snoezelen can be enjoyed by all, although the greatest benefit is observed with individuals with disabilities, including those with sensory processing, behavioural, intellectual and physical challenges.
Research has demonstrated that the Snoezelen Room offers many benefits. Scheduling regular sessions aids in the improvement of physical and mental health, an increase in attention span, memory and relaxation, a decrease in negative behaviours, and an overall increase in the quality of life for the user.
Hours of Operation
The Snozelen Room is located inside the Agincourt Recreation Centre at 31 Glen Watford Drive in Scarborough.
To book the Snoezelen Room, contact Adapted Recreation Office at 416-396-7760 or 416-396-5273
Sessions are 45 minutes in length with a user fee of $7.00 per session. Upon your first visit, we recommend that you arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to complete an assessment form.
Appointments must be booked at least 48 hours in advance with the Adapted Recreation office.
Notice of cancellation is required 24 hours in advance to avoid fee charges.