The Therapeutic Clown Program
Established in 1993, The Therapeutic Clown Program at SickKids provides patients and families with therapeutic clown care, using spontaneous humour and gentle play to minimize stress during hospitalization and treatment. Working under the umbrella of the hospital’s Department of Child Life, therapeutic clowns collaborate closely with Child Life Specialists, and other members of the multi-professional team to develop therapeutic strategies within the model of family-centered care.
The Therapeutic Clown Program eases the stress and anxiety of hospitalization and treatment for seriously ill and injured children. Therapeutic clowns become caring playmates and provide comfort and emotional support at a time when children and families need it most.
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