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About the Rheumatology Clinic

The clinic treats patients with the following conditions:

  • Joint problems
  • Vasculitis
  • Connective tissue disease

What's New

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.


After years of successfully running the MAPLE MINDS program, the Division of Rheumatology, in collaboration with the Arthritis Society and Inga Bohnekamp (Program Director, MAPLE MINDS), have successfully published a MAPLE MINDS Manual and Training Handbook.

This handbook guides health care professionals in learning more about MAPLE MINDS mindfulness, yoga, and relaxation program, which has helped our patients and families navigate life’s challenges while living and coping with a chronic illness. As a result of this core program (which, for the Pediatric Rheumatology patients, is held twice a year), patients have more confidence, joy (yes!), and experience less stress and anxiety. Patients also have a decreased sense of fear and pain related to medical procedures and illness.

The handbook, in combination with an official MAPLE MINDS training facilitated by us will provide you with the skills for implementing this program in any workplace setting with diverse patient population groups or even colleagues. If you are interested in learning more about mindfulness and about this program, please contact Dr. Johannes Roth or Inga Bohnekamp.


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

MBSRjunior - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teenagers

Since 2012 CHEO’s Division of Rheumatology has been offering Maple Minds. MBSRjunior is a new program for teenagers only, to allow a more intense practice of mindfulness techniques.

MBSR was developed to support people with pain and severe illnesses. Research shows that already after 8 weeks of daily practice many people experienced an increase in their quality of life. MBSRjunior has been adapted to the needs and capacities of teenagers, to better handle stress and physical challenges. Learn more.

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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