children’s rehab

‘Foolishness’ plays a critical role in rehab ~ Special needs disability parenting BLOOM – Parents Article

isn’t usually taken seriously in a medical world grounded in science, expert knowledge and quantifiable outcomes. BLOOM: Why was there a need for this paper? Julia Gray: It came out of things I was observing anecdotally about the clowns’ role at Holland Bloorview, and in other hospitals, and reading in academic literature about how clown practice is framed. I was seeing a strange tension between admiration for the clowns and an attempt to legitimize them by framing them as a…

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Busy engineer finds happiness in children’s hospital ~ Special needs disability parenting BLOOM – Parents Article

By Louise Kinross Emile Benyamin is an engineer who spends his days taking care of robots. His robots extract DNA from human blood and saliva, so it can be studied in research and clinical labs in hospitals. Emile travels across Canada to train scientists on the robots, and troubleshoot when there are problems. But when BLOOM interviewed Emile, he had come in to Holland Bloorview on a Thursday night to volunteer with young children in our Ronald McDonald Playroom. “Emile…

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‘Kindness matters…that is what good care is’ ~ Special needs disability parenting BLOOM – Parents Article

Karen Ward has worked with children with disabilities for over 30 years. I met her 22 years ago, when my son attended a Scarborough nursery school run by Easter Seals (the program is now run by Holland Bloorview). Karen explained how the integrated, play-based program worked. She was so warm and kind and upbeat. Karen hasn’t changed a bit, but she now manages many clinical programs at Holland Bloorview, with a focus on work in the community. We talked about…

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For many, Joanna is the face and voice of Holland Bloorview ~ Special needs disability parenting BLOOM – Parents Article

By Louise Kinross Joanna Miedzik is an institution at Holland Bloorview. She’s the bright smile that greets you at reception, and the kind voice when you call in with a problem. Joanna has an encyclopedic knowledge of the hospital, its staff and programs. She grew up here as a child receiving services in our spina bifida clinic. Today, parents regularly turn to her for advice on raising their child with a disability. Joanna has worked at Holland Bloorview for 20…

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