The Healing Outdoors


(WBRE/WYOU-TV)   Many medical problems take a toll on young people.

    But there’s a way to make sure the kids still have a childhood.

  Eyewitness News Reporter, Anja Whitehead, speaks with a specialist who helps make sure the kids don’t miss out during their stay at the hospital.

Some kids who are battling tough illnesses and diseases only see the inside of a hospital room all day at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Janet Weis Children Hospital, they opened up a whole new world for kids with a play deck

   “The biggest difference is the sunshine. They light up when they are able to have sunshine and fresh air,” Said Kristina Brunn, Certified Child Life Specialist

 Many believe having an outdoor play deck and indoor play area is nearly as important to a child’s health, as a doctor’s visit.

  “Always keep them moving. You don’t want them to feel sad or give up or anything like that. You want them to know that they are going to get better. And they’re going to feel better. And they’re going to be out there playing,” Said Brunn.

 It’s also a great place for parents to come and relax.

  “I never realized how soothing rocking is but parents really love to come out and rock on our furniture, watch their kids play maybe have a cup of coffee or a snack”.

And they really enjoy their children as opposed to being in the hospital. What patients go through can be hard on families. Certified child life specialist, Kristina Brunn helps make the process more understandable.

  “What I find is children who don’t know what’s happening, they make it up. And that losses a sense of control for them. So my job is to give their control back,” Said Brunn.

 Every donation helps the kid’s makes the hospital feel a little more like home.

  “All of this is provided by our community and we appreciate it,” Said Brunn.

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