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Webinar: The Hub of All Things Fun: Connecting Innovative Design with Play for Hospitalized Children

When: April 16, 2020
Time: 10:00am Pacific
Price: FREE

1 unit EDAC continuing education
1 unit AIA continuing education
IDCEC credit also available**

CEU forms available for download during webinar


When Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del. set out to relocate and expand its Child Life Activity Center, they identified a need to offer all patients and families ways to engage in a variety of play and recreation activities in a safe, welcoming environment. Through interactive design exercises, an 8,600-square-foot department emerged to transport children, families, child life associates, and therapists into another world within the hospital. This webinar will share their design process and highlight key attributes of the “Hub of All Things Fun” which includes space for arts and crafts, art therapy, CCTV studio, dramatic play, infant/toddler, kitchen, music therapy, reading, sensory play, and teen activities.


Learning Objectives

  • Recognize programmatic components developed to increase fun and therapeutic experiences while in a hospital setting.
  • Describe how discrete activity zones can be designed to provide a sense of privacy, while also providing visibility for supervision.
  • Identify details and design elements to accommodate patients and families with a full range of health conditions.
  • Leverage a combination of high-tech and low-tech strategies within the design to capture the imagination of occupants and open them up to developing new interests.


Presenting Faculty

Jennifer Sciolla, MS, CTRS, CCLS 
Director of Child Life, Creative Arts Therapy and School Programs 
Nemours/Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children

Jen Sciolla earned her Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation from Temple University and her Master of Science from Nova Southeastern University. For over 20 years, Jen has worked in many of the Delaware Valley’s premier healthcare systems as a clinician and leader. She is a longtime adjunct instructor at Temple University and serves as a consultant and board member for the Association of Child Life Professional (ACLP). Jen has co-authored several publications in the fields of child life and trauma-informed care. Jen joined Nemours in December 2014. She oversees the Child Life, Creative Arts Therapy and School Programs.

Claudine LeVan, IIDA, NCIDQ 
Manager, Planning and Design 
Nemours/Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children

Claudine LeVan is the Manager of Planning and Design at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.  She has over twenty years of experience as an interior designer, with the past six years dedicated to healthcare planning and design with a focus on Pediatrics.  She has primary responsibility for preparing space plans, furniture/finish selections and specifications to provide consistent design throughout the facilities. She combines her interior design acumen and architectural sensitivity to develop dynamic spaces that are playful but sophisticated. Ms. LeVan is respected for her attention to detail and accuracy of documentation.

Leslie Kipps, AIA, LEED AP , EDAC, CLSSBB 

For over 15 years, Leslie Kipps has dedicated her career to healthcare planning and design.  As a registered architect and Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, she has filled a variety of roles in all project phases from master planning through construction administration.  She brings insight and energy to highly complex specialties requiring detailed coordination between structure, equipment and engineering. Leslie’s focus on creating functional and friendly spaces is aimed at meeting the needs of caregivers, patients and families now and as medicine advances.