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February 14, 2014

Child Life department invites SickKids families to celebrate Winter Olympics

By Justin Faiola

According to the calendar, Family Day is on Monday Feb. 17. But when you’re at SickKids, every day is Family Day. And what better time for family fun than during the Winter Olympics?

On Feb. 11, Child Life specialists organized The SickKids Olympics, to help SickKids patients get away from the mental strain of being hospitalized and focus on being just a regular kid. The event featured ice cube bobsleigh races, air hockey and arts and crafts, all in the spirit of the Winter Olympic Games. This is one of the many ways that Child Life gives patients a chance to be part of events happening outside the hospital.

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“These events provide a great distraction from the hospital environment,” said Susie Petro, Child Life specialist. “The SickKids Olympics allows our kids to step away from their rooms, come down to Marnie’s Lounge and cheer on our Canadian athletes alongside other kids, just like they would be doing in school.”
During the Olympics, Child Life organizes a medal count every day at 1 p.m. on the hoKayla and her mom cheer for our olympiansspital’s closed-circuit TVs for patients who can’t leave their rooms. This way they too can celebrate the achievements of Canadian athletes.

“It’s fantastic what Child Life is doing for the kids here at the hospital,” said Leighann Johnston, whose daughter Kayla is an inpatient at SickKids. “Getting to do arts and crafts is especially important because the kids can keep what they make and use the happy memory to overcome new challenges they will face.”
Kayla Johnston, who is almost 18, is a big fan of the Canadian men’s and women’s hockey teams. She agrees with her mother.

“These events are great because they appeal to kids of all ages and allow them to take a break from being sick, something that I think is really important at a children’s hospital.”