Thanks to the money raised during the TFN event in September 2015 we have been able to start a program at the Wilson Centre on the North Shore in Auckland, which will run until August 2015. A lot of children who the Clown Doctors see at Starship Children's Hospital are transferred to the WIlson Centre for continued physical therapy and respite care.
We are now able to visit the respite care villas, the rehabilitation centre, as well as the school, which is also part of the centre. We work together with the school principal and the play specialists. We use a lot of visuals; puppets, scarves, peekaboo games, music and dancing as well as a lot of physical contact by holding hands with the children.
"The clown doctors were very engaging and widely enjoyed. They utilized a variety of techniques to involve all the children in different ways as well as distract them from other things happening in the villa." Easter, Play Specialist - Wilson Centre.
"It was so awesome to have you in our villa. Our children loved your company and dancing. They actually wanted to see more! Thanks". Mother, Villa 5.
"The children are happy and entertained - lovely clowns. Very gentle to the kids and great with the staff, worked with the kid's strengths." Laura, Respite Care Specialist.