Tag Archives: storytelling

Storytelling and art are powerful, ancient communication forms that can cut across age, culture, language, literacy, and gender barriers. Independently and together, they have the potential to create understanding through imparting knowledge and sustaining interest through meaningful connections with the recipients. Although recognized as an effective and engaging means of communication, storytelling and art have not been utilized to their full potential in the healthcare environment; however, there is increasing interest in their power to motivate, communicate, heal, and engage with multiple audiences.

What to do when your child has croup

  Croup is a common respiratory illness caused by a viral infection. It can cause swelling of the upper airway, including the windpipe (trachea), voice box (larynx) and vocal cords. This swelling can lead to a hoarse voice, barky cough and sometimes difficulty breathing. It occurs most often in babies and children up to 3 years of age because their airways are smaller, but older children can also get it. Croup most often happens in the fall and winter months, but it can happen in any Continue reading →

When to go to the hospital with childhood vomiting and diarrhea

Gastroenteritis is an infection of the bowel (intestines) caused by a virus or bacteria that can cause diarrhea and vomiting. It is common in infants and children, and can cause the loss of important fluids and minerals (dehydration). Find out about Salima and Ali’s experiences with gastroenteritis through an interactive story book. Browse through the interactive gastroenteritis page for information on the signs, symptoms, treatment and management of gastroenteritis and what to do if you are a parent or family dealing with gastroenteritis. This eBook was Continue reading →

Do you know a child dealing with chronic pain?

While acute pain is our body’s way of letting us know something is wrong, chronic pain is very different, and can persist for months or years. This eBook shares Megan and her family’s experiences dealing with chronic pain, the struggle to achieve daily activities, and how the family learned to manage and cope with Megan’s pain. This eBook and associated breathing exercises were created through a collaboration between ECHO Research, the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, and the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI).