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Mission Statement

Helping children with rheumatic conditions reach their full potential

  • Family centered Care
  • Team Approach
  • Scholarship in Education and Research

About the Rheumatology Clinic

The clinic treats patients with the following conditions:

  • Joint problems
  • Vasculitis
  • Connective tissue disease

Division of Rheumatology Programs

Maple Minds

In collaboration with the Arthritis Society, the Maple Minds program was created to help patients manage chronic disease.

Learn more about our Maple Minds Program and how it can help your family.

MBSRjunior - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teenagers

With the support of the Arthritis Society, the MBSRjunior program was created. The program is for teenagers only, to allow a more intense practice of mindfulness techniques (MBSRrjunior)

MBSRjunior is a mindfulness program for teens 14 to 18. Being a teen and handling the challenges of a chronic condition can be very stressful. This program is designed to teach teens how to handle stress and cope with difficult situations, how to better see and relate to the good things in life and improve overall happiness.

We use formal mindfulness practises like meditation, yoga and bodyscan as well as informal approaches that can be applied anytime of the day.

MBSRjunior is an adaption of the MBSR program, created by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979. MBSR is an internationally recognized and taught program and extended research has shown its tremendous benefits.

MBSRjunior was created in 2017 by Sonja Roth. Sonja holds a Master Degree in Education, has led many courses and is committed to make the benefits of mindfulness available to teens. She is a certified trainer in MBSR and has special training to teach MBSR for teenagers.

Our sessions
We offer MBSRjunior once a year. The 8 week program runs from September to November and is designed for teens 14 to 18 years old. Classes are 1.5 hours on a weeknight. We expect participants to commit to a 30-minute home practise daily. A mandatory parent information meeting is held before the course starts. To refresh your practise and stay connected to other teens that completed MBSRjunior, we offer follow up sessions every two months.

If you are interested in learning when the next MBSR sessions are, please open mbsrjunior Fall 2018 Session Flyer.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for Parents

To care for a chronically sick child can be very stressful. MBSR is an approach that can help you cope with this. 

MBSR is an approach to self - care that helps deal with stress, pain , and illness. The MBSR course teaches people to focus awareness on body sensations, thoughts, and emotions in a non - judgmental way.

This course is modeled on the program developed by Dr. Jon Kabat - Zinn at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massach usetts Medical Center. Kabat - Zinn’s program is evidence - based and applied all over the world.

The course consists of eight weekly classes and 1 day - long class. It is designed to introduce mindfulness practice as a way of reducing stress and developing greater balance, control , and participation in one’s life. 

For more information about our new program specifically for parents, please open MBRS for Parents

Canadian Children’s Book for Juvenile Arthritis

A chronic disease like Juvenile Arthritis (JIA) is challenging for parents, but especially for the children. Image of book authors and illustrator

JIA mostly affects very young kids and can be quite difficult for them to understand the implications of the disease as well as the medications, diagnostic procedures and ongoing medical care necessary to achieve good outcomes. To help find ways to explain the disease and medical management to young children, Inga Bohnekamp (a child psychologist,) and Dr. Johannes Roth (the Head of Pediatric Rheumatology at CHEO) have written a children’s book called “The Colours of my Rainbow”. This book explains the disease and procedures in a child-friendly manner, plus various relaxation techniques and other methods that can be used at home to cope with symptoms of JIA.

To date, no other resource is available that addresses young children directly.

Creating this resource in the form of children’s book makes it easy for parents to read to and with their child, helping everyone to better understand the disease and cope with it together.

Please contact Laura Rivest at for information on how to obtain your copy.


This year, children with arthritis have an opportunity to attend a camp of their own from August 20 to 25, 2018.

Camp Cambria is a residential summer camp located in Parry Sound, Ontario run by The Arthritis Society, with generous support from the official sponsor Cambria. Camp Cambria gives kids with arthritis the chance to be independent, learn new things, and meet new friends just like them. This year's camp features fun activities such as horseback riding, waterskiing, and rock climbing.

Patients aged 8 to 17 years with arthritis are eligible to attend Camp Cambria at no cost.

For more information please visit Camp Cambria. 

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