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About the Rheumatology Clinic

The clinic treats patients with the following conditions:

  • Joint problems
  • Vasculitis
  • Connective tissue disease

Maple Minds – Mindfulness and Relaxation Strategies to Help Canadian Kids Manage Chronic Disease

Children, teenagers and parents: Come join us for our next MAPLE MINDS round!

MAPLE MINDS is a mindfulness, yoga and relaxation group program to help manage chronic disease. It will provide you with plenty of tools to help deal with stress, pain and procedures (like needles) and leave you feeling happier, stronger and more confident.. 


Rheumatology patients have priority. Other patients are welcome, if there are spaces left. Put your name on the waiting list! We look forward to practicing with you!

To register, please email or call Laura Rivest at 613-737-7600 Ext 1015

New 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.

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