Better care with child-friendly engaging spaces

Ask four-year-old Asher his favourite part of going to CHEO – OCTC and he’s likely to tell you about the lobby aquarium with all the different, colourful fish swimming around. For his mom, Sarah, this is significant because she knows how spaces that engage, enlighten and entertain make for better outcomes (and not just at CHEO – OCTC). Asher has Potocki-Lupski syndrome, a genetic disorder that can cause difficulty with speech and motor skills. He needs speech therapy and physiotherapy. “The staff and services have been wonderful for my boys, but every trip to CHEO still has its challenges,” says Sarah, whose older son has also used CHEO – OCTC services. Sarah has a hard time keeping Asher in the physio room. It’s drab and boring compared to the child-friendly preschool down the hall, or the fish in the lobby. Asher knows more excitement is nearby, a distraction that adds to already busy visits. The Solution: an updated facility where care rooms are child-friendly and engaging – designed for children like Asher.