The Smilezone team transforms hospital and health care spaces so they are comforting and fun for kids receiving treatment, helping to make their days a little brighter. Visiting a Smilezone is something that a child and their family can look forward to, helping to ease the anxiety of being in a hospital or treatment facility. Smilezones can be created in waiting rooms, treatment rooms, playrooms, or custom patient care spaces.We believe that every child deserves to smile no matter what circumstances they are facing.
In 5 years, Smilezone Foundation has transformed spaces all around the perimeter of Ontario from Thunderbay, Ottawa, St. Catharines, Sarnia and many places in between! By the end of 2018, we will have installed over 200 Smilezone spaces in just over 69 locations.
(Before and After photos of Grand River Hospital, 2014 build) (Before and After photos of Rachel's Kids, 2017 build)
To make these Smilezone transformation truly exceptional and unique, we incorporate bright paint colours, beautiful murals, sensory tools and technology to make the space more bright and lively for children and families accessing care.
(Before and After photos of Sunnybrook hospital, 2016 build) (Before and After photos of North East Cancer Centre, 2014 build)
ErinoakKids is Ontario’s largest children’s treatment centre (CTC), serving almost 17,000 children and youth each year in Peel, Halton and Dufferin County. We provide a broad range of medical, therapeutic and support services to children with physical and developmental disabilities, autism, communication disorders, and children who are deaf or blind. Services include physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, infant hearing screening, autism services, medical and nursing services, occupational therapy, respite, social work and more.
With demand for services growing 10 to 15 percent annually, ErinoakKids recently replaced a patchwork of outgrown and outdated spaces with three new facilities – one in Brampton, another in Oakville and a third in Mississauga. Located at 1230 Central Parkway W., the new 103,000 square foot Mississauga facility boasts a gym, accessible playgrounds, an adapted fitness facility, two therapeutic playrooms, serenity gardens and a Longo’s Family Resource Centre. The site also houses unique features, including a controlled multisensory Snoozelen room to help reduce aggression and anxiety in children with autism and developmental disabilities, and will soon be home to a number of Smilezones.
ErinoakKids partnership with Smilezone began in 2013 as the site of Smilezone’s first five installations in Canada. These included everything from vivid, nature-inspired murals, cubbies, and a chalkboard, to iPad stations with educational games. Today, ErinoakKids is the proud recipient of a total of eight smilezones at its various locations, including most recently, its new Brampton facility. Here, new smilezones include a music-themed Alessia Cara inspired Youth Zone, outdoor themed murals within its Respite facility, vibrant Canadian inspired murals and an interactive floor projector. The projector responds to movement and can be used to stimulate language, and physical and mental development in children and youth
Photo: Alessia Cara in the new Smilezone at EOK (left); Smilezone Grand Opening ribbon cutting for the new Smilezone at EOK (right)
These smilezones have and continue to transform spaces into a kaleidoscope of colour that brighten the smiles and sooth the stresses of all who enter the doors of ErinoakKids. They are a source of great pleasure and comfort for clients and families and provide opportunities to promote independence and skill development in kids with disabilities so that they can discover their true potential.
To learn more about ErinoakKids or to donate to support kids with disabilities, visit erinoakkids.ca
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