Clowning around sets patients at ease

Watson, Simon
August 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;8/12/2008, Vol. 179 Issue 4, p313
Academic Journal
The article focuses on Joan Borrington's establishment of the Therapeutic Clown Program at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto which aims to use play and laughter as a therapeutic means of alleviating stress for patients and offers friendship in an unfamiliar hospital environment. A child psychiatrist notes that the clowns provide children with a sense of knowledge in their environment and help them cope with the physical and emotional stress they experienced inside the hospital. Clowning enable the children to feel more comfortable and less daunted which is an important factor in recovery. Moreover, the program allow children to leave the hospital setting their minds in another kind of imaginary place.


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