A free March Break event, highlighting Child Life Month, invites children to bring one of their stuffed animals for a checkup at the Centenary site of Scarborough and Rouge Hospital (SRH).
The fifth annual Teddy Bear Clinic is an interactive event that will feature a series of stations where SRH staff and volunteers will show children, through medical play, many of the different kinds of activities and procedures that happen at the hospital. Children can bring their Teddy (or other stuffed toy) to receive pretend x-rays, blood tests, surgery, and more.
“The Teddy Bear Clinic is a popular spring break activity for families here at the hospital, and many families have attended year after year,” says Alexandra Frankel, child life specialist in the paediatric program at SRH. “Children gain knowledge, familiarity, and coping skills while supporting their stuffed animals through the various medical tests and procedures they may experience at their community hospital. The goal of this event is for children themselves to feel more confident and comfortable when needing to see a doctor or make a trip to the hospital, whether it is a routine visit or an emergency situation.”
What: Teddy Bear Clinic
Who: For children between the ages of three and 12
When & Where:
Tuesday, March 14
Start times every 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Scarborough and Rouge Hospital, Centenary site (2867 Ellesmere Road in Scarborough), cafeteria (third floor)
Cost: Free! Regular parking rates apply.
How to register: Spaces are limited. Register online for the event at www.rougevalley.ca/teddybearclinic. You may also contact Alexandra Frankel at 416-284-8131 ext. 4091 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: A parent or guardian must be with the child throughout the event.