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Craniofacial Summer Camp: An Educational Experience for Campers, Camp Staff, and the Craniofacial Team

Heike, Carrie L. MD, MS; Leavitt, Dawn BSN, RN; Aspinall, Cassandra MSW, LICSW; Andrews, Monica MSW, LICSW; Carey, Hillary BSW; Ose, Marsha MS, BSN, RN

Plastic Surgical Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/PSN.0b013e3181cfe631
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Abstract

Children with congenital or acquired craniofacial conditions often have complex medical and surgical healthcare needs. To provide holistic care to this unique pediatric population, we must seek methods to address the psychosocial needs of children living with a craniofacial difference. Our multidisciplinary craniofacial team concluded our second-year participating in overnight summer camps for our patients with cleft-craniofacial conditions. We worked with 2 different organizations to host the camps each year. Over the course of 2 years, we enrolled more than 100 children, 7–15 years of age, in 1-week, overnight camp experiences. Campers participated in activities to promote team building, self-esteem, confidence, and social awareness. We share the perspectives of the campers and their parents, the camp staff, and the craniofacial team members.

Author Information

Carrie L. Heike, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Craniofacial Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle; and Pediatrician, Children's Craniofacial Center, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA.

Dawn Leavitt, BSN, RN, Nurse Clinician, Department of Nursing, Children's Craniofacial Center, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA.

Cassandra Aspinall, MSW, LICSW, Social Worker, Department of Social Work, Children's Craniofacial Center, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA; and Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Washington, Seattle.

Monica Andrews, MSW, LICSW, Social Worker, Department of Social Work, Children's Craniofacial Center, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA.

Hillary Carey, Camp Director, Camp Korey, Carnation, WA.

Marsha Ose, MS, BSN, RN, Nurse Clinician, Department of Nursing, Children's Craniofacial Center, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA.

Address correspondence to Carrie L. Heike, MD, MS, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Craniofacial Medicine, University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital P.O. Box 5371, M/S W-7847, Seattle, WA 98105 (e-mail: carrie.heike@seattlechildrens.org).

The authors do not have any financial or conflicts of interest to disclose.

Copyright © 2010 by American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses