Play Your Part: Reimagining Play in Pediatric Inpatient Settings

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Join the AIA Columbus Academy of Architecture for Health for a charrette on May 16!

The nature of childhood is changing, and play is changing with it. For kids spending time in the hospital, this transformation is further amplified. Inpatient rooms are becoming the heart of where play occurs and these spaces often don’t meet the patients’ social, emotional, and well-being needs. Play is serious business for Children’s Hospitals because it provides important therapeutic and psychosocial benefits for kids improving health outcomes and creating better pediatric healthcare experiences. Play is a universal language that breaks down barriers, reduces fear and anxiety, aids in treatments, and lets kids be kids.  A survey conducted with the Southern Association of Child Life Professionals shows significant changes in play behaviors due to cultural / technological shifts and where play is occurring due to pandemic protocols.  Learn about these shifts and use the power of play in a hands-on design charrette to create new ideas to best support changing play needs in our pediatric healthcare environments. Consider a child’s point of view and recreate the inpatient room to support play for all types of patient abilities, ages, and neurodiversities.

Attendees will also get a tour of cardboard mock-up rooms for the Nationwide Children’s Inpatient Expansion project.

Julia Jude, AIA, is a Principal and Pediatric Practice Leader with over 18 years of experience. She is deeply passionate about creating healthcare design solutions that embrace the resiliency, intelligence, playfulness, sophistication, and abilities of children. Julia collaborates with children’s hospitals across the country to develop innovative strategies that support advanced care models while making healthcare feel less intimidating. Her goal is to shape healthcare experiences that reduce stress and anxiety while promoting joy and wellness for patients, their loved ones, and caregivers.

Hayley Freilich is the Director of Healthcare and Patient Experience for Metcalfe Architecture and Design.  She loves transforming intimidating healthcare spaces into extraordinary environments by creating opportunities for play, respite, and positive distraction. Her own history as a lifelong cardiac patient helps inspire her to craft the best possible experience for patients and their families. Hayley joined Metcalfe in 2016 after working for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as a project manager, patient-experience advocate, and wayfinding designer. Hayley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design and Photography from Pennsylvania State University.

May 16, 2024
4-6 PM

Earn 2.0 LU|HSW

AIA Members: $15
Associate Members and Students: $10
Non-Members: $30

Nationwide Children’s Hospital
646 Parsons Ave, Columbus, OH 43205

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