What is Snoezelen?

Snoezelen rooms are artificially engineered spaces that use music, lighting, gentle vibrations, tactile sensations and aromatherapy. Users can relax and choose activities at their own pace.

The word Snoezelen is taken from two Dutch words: snufflen meaning to seek out or to explore, and doezelen meaning to relax or to be in a wonderful place. Snoezelen originated in the Netherlands nearly 35 years ago as a leisure experience for adults with severe disabilities.

The room can be relaxing or stimulating depending on one’s sensory needs. It can encourage social skills and heighten sensory awareness.

Community snoezelen flyer - March 2019 (PDF)

Holland Bloorview has integrated the Snoezelen experience in a variety of areas in the hospital:

Holland Bloorview also supports Snoezelen education and outreach locally and beyond.


Intake and pre-registration required.

Community Snoezelen room and pool:

Lorraine Thomas
Snoezelen Coordinator 
Tel: First dial 1-800-855-0511 to get Bell Operator. At prompt give 416-422-7049
Fax: 416-422-7037

Inpatient Snoezelen Room and Snoezelen Cart:

Kaitlyn Mainville
Therapeutic Recreation Assistant
Life Skills and Recreation
Tel: 416-425-6220 ext 6393

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