‘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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