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Patient programs

Patient programs

At Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago, care extends far beyond the hospital walls. The recreational therapy and child life departments at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago believes that recreation and leisure should be an important part of everyone’s life without exception. The recreational therapy staff at Shriners Hospitals for Children provides year round F.L.O.W. (Friendship, Leisure, Opportunity & Wellness) programming that utilizes a variety of activity-based programs that offer participants an opportunity to build confidence, socialize effectively, and learn new sport and recreation skills. All programming offered through FLOW is led and/or planned by a certified therapeutic recreation specialist.

During your visit to the Chicago Shriners Hospital you may see therapy dogs, musicians, magicians, area sports teams, clowns, picnics or holiday-themed parties. Activities and classes are provided at no cost to patients and families.You may email Darlene Kelly, director of recreational therapy/child life, to be added to the activity and classes mailing list.

Who can participate?

FLOW offers a variety of sport, social and arts programming to patients of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago. Individual programs may be designed for specific ages and ability levels, which are identified in program descriptions. Some programs do require participants to be independent with their self-care. Most events require an RSVP.

Sport and recreation

These programs may help patients with self-esteem, development of rule-following and sequencing, peer camaraderie, strength and flexibility, and family support. Patients must have a Medical Release Form signed by their primary care physician to participate in sport and recereation programs:

  • Sport workshops (a variety of adapted sports and Special Olympic sports)
  • Summer horseback riding
  • Teenage/Adult transition program

TOP Soccer Program – June 18, 5-8 p.m.
TOP Soccer is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any players who have a physical disability. The goal of the program is development, training and meaningful participation rather than competition. For ages 7 and up. You must RSVP for this event. Contact Darlene Kellyat 773-385-5426 or Ryan Crane at 773-385-5515.

Creative arts

Programs provide an opportunity for participants to express their emotions, develop social skills, self-awareness, coping skills, and advance gross and fine motor skills. Programs include:

  • Adaptive dance
  • Play/movement therapy
  • Art
  • Science
  • Music therapy
  • Horticultural therapy

Science Fun – Third Wednesdays starting June 20, 6-7 p.m.
Does your child like to learn about things and enjoy science experiments? Come join the fun on Wednesday nights.

Art Station Studio – June 21 and August 9, 6-7 p.m.
Come and paint with other patients. Create your own masterpiece with instructions on a canvas you can take home. RSVP is required for this event. Contact Darlene Kelly at 773-385-5426 or Ryan Crane at 773-385-5515.

Socialization events

These events provide an opportunity for patients of all abilities to spend time with family and meet new friends through holiday parties, picnics and performances.

Hospital Day - June 3, 2018
12 p.m. Open house and tours
2:30 p.m. Hospital Day program
3:30 p.m. World's shortest parade

Recreational Therapy/Child Life Picnic
July 18, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Enjoy a complimentary lunch, music, fun and giveaways.

Back to School Party - coming fall 2018
This patients-only event features fun activities and school supply giveaways. 

For more information on getting involved in FLOW programs, contact: Darlene Kelly by phone 773-385-5426 or email.