Creative Arts in Childrens Specialty Clinics Summer Programs: A Canadian Case Study

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This paper discusses a unique educational program offered by Children's Specialty Clinics-Continuing Care summer programs. The Specialty Clinics-Continuing Care programs groups are designed for children with cystic fibrosis or Type 1 juvenile diabetes. The primary goals of the summer programs are to offer education and counseling to children with chronic illnesses and their caregivers to increase knowledge and competence in daily monitoring and care. Specifically, the childrens program goals include: helping children to accept and/or increase understandings of their medical condition; and, to assume age-appropriate responsibility for self-care and shared-monitoring with caregivers. This paper/presentation will describe a case study which documented this innovative group program. We found that this program had a positive impact on the lives of the children. The complexity of hatching and inventing dramatic stories, improvising characters to play, and performing skits, empowers and stimulates children to discover their own voices, find meaning in their immediate health situations and assists them to learn how to assume age-appropriate responsibilities and contribute towards the maintenance of their own health.

Keywords: Case Study, Children, Chronic Illness, Creative Arts
Stream: Creative Arts and Learning
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Creative Arts in a Children’s Cystic Fibrosis Continuing Care Program

Dr. Robert Basso

Associate Professor, Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Dr. William Pelech

Associate Professor, Social Work, University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Ref: L08P0416