In the summer of 2016, Lauren was referred to the IWK Emergency Department, where she was admitted to the Garron Centre for Child & Adolescent Mental Health. She was fighting a severe episode of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) which had brought absolute terror to everyday tasks.
Dorothy Grant and her husband Bill were devastated when their 11-year-old son David passed away as a result of a rare neurological disease. But today, almost 35 years later, David’s memory lives on at the IWK because of a legacy gift the Grant’s made in his honour.
The Child Life team at the IWK is made of Child Life specialists, a therapeutic clown named Buddington, and a music therapist who aim to make a patient’s experience at the IWK less stressful. Through therapeutic play and distraction techniques, the Child Life team helps prepare patients and their families for medical examinations or procedures that may be worrying them.