Over a single weekend, the Smilezone team transforms existing waiting rooms, treatment rooms or patient care rooms into a Smilezone. A Smilezone provides a bright, comforting, and engaging space for children and their families while spending time in a hospital or medical facility.
Smilezone believes that every child deserves to smile and have been engaged within the London Healthcare community for the past few years.
Vanier Children’s Centre (2018)
Vanier Children’s Centre serves children age 0 to 14 who have serious emotional, mental illness and behavioural problems, and their families. Vanier’s programs and services are flexible and responsive to the specific needs of each family, including Crisis intervention, Residential services, Day treatment, Early years programming and various attachment therapies, Family counselling, and more.
3 Zones (Under-the-Sea Sensory Corner; Activity Station/hallway; Imagination Station)
Smilezone Foundation created 3 Smilezones in the Positive Choices room at Vanier Children’s Centre in December of 2018. They incorporated a lot of fun elements including a weighted blanket, barn doors, a projector, underwater sound machine and even a wall mounted bubble tube to complete the cozy under-the-sea sensory corner! Smilezone also revamped the Active Station and Imagination Station to be fun, safe, engaging and therapeutic spaces for the kids.
London Children’s Aid Society (2016)
The Family Observation Room and Individual Family Room at London Children’s Aid Society received a complete Smilezone renovation in 2016. The incredible murals and cheerful paint really brighten up the two rooms while the magnetic white boards, cubbies and storage and new appliances make visits a little easier on the children and families using the new Zones.
London’s Children’s Hospital (2016)
The Pediatric Neurology clinic, hallway and 3 Treatment Rooms within London’s Children’s Hospital were completely transformed in 2016 thanks To Smilezone Foundation. The children receiving medical care at the hospital can now enjoy the new sensory panels, iPad stations, TV’s with DVD players to watch their favourite cartoons and so much more.
The Smilezone Foundation office is located at 557 Chartwell Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 4A8. If you have any questions about Smilezone or are looking to donate please call 905-951-2978 or visit the Smilezone website here.