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At Holland Bloorview, we consider simulation to be the gold standard in training. We use this powerful educational tool to allow health care providers the opportunity to recreate challenging situations and to learn from these experiences in a safe and controlled environment. As leaders in simulation in paediatric rehab, we are always looking for ways to expand simulation within the medical community. Our goal is to use simulation to significantly reduce harm in paediatric rehabilitation in the next 10 years.

We have been using simulation over the past two years at Holland Bloorview in nursing, patient safety and in organizational procedures such as mock codes. We officially launched an expanded simulation program in March of 2012, and have integrated this cutting edge practice into a number of projects and initiatives (see below).

To learn more about what simulation means at Holland Bloorview, check out our PowerPoint presentation.

Our community partners

We are fortunate to be part of a wonderful simulation community and would not be able to build and use simulation here without the following organizations:

For further information on simulation activities, please contact:

Kathryn Parker, Simulation Lead
Tel: 416-425-6220 ext. 3816

Projects and initiatives



New staff orientationWe will be incorporating simulation into new staff orientation.
Power mobilityResearch project on use of computer simulation for power mobility.
AACConducting a needs assessment and how to embed simulation into the community work for AAC.
Point of Care DocumentationUse of simulation at point of care documentation in an in and out-patient population.
CFCCSimulation scenario development around the 4 principles of care. Simulations are for both staff and students.
Listening Skills researchBuilding simulation scenarios in effective listening.
Compassion FatigueUse of simulation to educate/understand how compassion fatigue manifests in paediatric rehabilitation.
Building a simulation: A tool to teach communication skills to professionals caring for children with cerebral palsy in a culturally sensitive contextThis work assesses whether building and participating in a simulation improves the communication skills of healthcare professionals more than building or participating in a simulation alone.