Super Sibling Saturdays at Connecticut Children’s

By Isabelle Endicott

Isabelle joins our blog to share her experience attending a Super Sibling Saturday at Connecticut Children’s United Technologies Family Resource Center and how it benefited her son, Hayden.

Our younger son Rylan was born with congenital heart defects and required open heart surgery. We have spent quite a few days in the hospital and continue to visit to see many different specialists. Our older son Hayden is a trouper and usually accompanies his younger brother during these visits, when the focus is on Rylan.

Super Sibling Saturday was a wonderful reason to bring just Hayden to Connecticut Children’s to enjoy the family resource center. We were overjoyed that when you first walk into the over sized family room, with its calming colors and its amazing fish tank, you feel removed from the hospital. It is such an interesting place, with so many resources, including toys, games, books and interactive computer games. Hayden immediately began reading one of his favorite books in a green swivel chair. He looked right at home.

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The event benefited Hayden in so many ways. He was able to meet other siblings who have experienced what it is like to have a brother or sister in the hospital. He is only 4, and it was so nice to see him open up so much and really benefit through hearing from the other kids. There was a lot of giggling and laughing as the kids worked on puzzles and created colorful spin art. Then the kids took a break to have the yummy lunch that is offered.

As a parent, it warmed my heart to see my son really enjoying his time at the “helping hospital.” I was also glad of the opportunity to talk casually with other parents of children with medical needs.

I would absolutely encourage other families to come because it is such a positive experience for the siblings to be at Connecticut Children’s for a fun event—and not just for another appointment–on a day when it is just about them!

Visit http://www.connecticutchildrens.org/patients-and-families/utc-family-resource-center/ to learn more about the UTC Family Resource Center at Connecticut Children’s! Interested in registering for an upcoming Super Sibling Saturday? Please call 860.545.8116 or email pmclarney01@connecticutchildrens.org!

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