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IS THERAPEUTIC CLOWNS INTERNATIONAL (TCI)? Therapeutic
Clowns International (TCI) is a philanthropic organization dedicated
to enriching the lives of hospitalized, critically ill and
disenfranchised children globally. TCI was established with the
intent of sharing the profession and best practices of therapeutic
clowning within and outside the borders of Canada and into acute care
populations and areas of conflict. We seek to expand therapeutic
clown programming, training, program sustainability in partnership
with interdisciplinary health care teams in hospitals and related
facilities. Our goal is to minimize stress for patients and families,
during hospitalization and treatment through gentle play and humour.
IS A THERAPEUTIC CLOWN PRACTITIONER? A
Therapeutic Clown Practitioner is a professional who has studied the
theory and best practices in the art of therapeutic clowning,
specifically trained in the practice of integrating the therapeutic
clown, partnering with health care professionals in their individual
facilities. Therapeutic Clowns are paid professional members of the
interdisciplinary health care team, offering best-practices in
family- centred care. They provide compassion and hope through
lighthearted humour. She/he focuses on patient-centred care and works
in conjunction with a medical team on a year round basis - an
important distinction between clowns who visit on an ad hoc basis to
divert attention or to entertain.
DO THERAPEUTIC CLOWNS DO? TCI
Programs enable Therapeutic Clown Practitioners to:
children giving back control, offering them the choice to direct and
control how, where and when they wish to interact. The child becomes
the caregiver for the bumbling, often vulnerable clown.
medical procedure support through 'distraction play' for patients.
relaxation strategies... encouraging laughter and humour in the
any language barriers either real or perceived through non verbal
communication, being its own language.
therapeutic clowns 'treat' the patients' families and hospital staff
as well. Good humour is contagious and can engender kindness,
patience and the awareness that anything is possible instilling hope.
With the universal language of shared humour and laughter,
therapeutic clowns communicate with children of all ages.
ARE THE BENEFITS OF THERAPEUTIC CLOWNS? In
the last twenty-five years, therapeutic clowns have been visible in
health care settings around the world, particularly in pediatric
hospitals. Therapeutic clowns bring relief from pain, anxiety and
feelings of isolation and loneliness. The therapeutic clown works as
a gentle play facilitator, humourist and companion; their presence
often opens pathways to healing and empowerment. The Therapeutic
Clown is a humourist who invites laughter. Laughter has been proven
to be a positive 'medicine'. Laughter is a natural relaxant and
stress-reducer. The de-stressing enables doctors and nurses to make
assessments and to treat more effectively, as well it can help to
facilitate communication. Research proves the benefits of laughter to
the healing process.
benefits of laughter and humour:
create a positive state of mind
a positive effect on a person's physical health
effect on serotonin and endorphins
speed patients recovery time
dependent on prescriptions
physiological benefits of laughter:
blasts of air, uncoordinated spasms
rate increases then drops
take in carbon dioxide
and diaphragm contract
brain levels of calming substances such as serotonin and endorphins
the body's natural painkillers
DO THERAPEUTIC CLOWNS WORK? Therapeutic
Clowns International (TCI) Programs are integrated within hospitals
and health care facilities. These programs offer Complementary
Therapy in family-centred care environments in partnership with the
interdisciplinary health care team. Therapeutic clown programs
encompass all members of the team including doctors, nurses, child
life specialists along with occupational, physio and recreational
Programs are committed to the philosophy that: "A
child's work is play."
is how children learn, grow and understand their world and the
environment around them. While undergoing treatment and dealing with
illness, must and should continue to play. Indeed, it is often the
way in which children express their fears and anxieties. Through play
a child may also resolve their fears and anxieties.
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