One Typical Day during Your Child’s Stay

A day in the life of a NCCR patient will be jammed pack with activities—play, education and therapy. There’s also plenty of time for rest and important visits with family and friends.

While every child treatment is different, a child’s typical day may look a bit like this:

  • Rise and shine between 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.
  • Then it’s a hearty breakfast to boost energy!
  • Therapy* and education time follows breakfast.
  • Children receive at least three hours of therapy every day for a minimum of five days a week.
  • The “Lunch Bunch” gathers in the dining room on the ground floor from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This is a great time for kids to interact with other kids—and just be kids!
  • The therapy day ends in the late afternoon, and the rest of the day is used for play, family and friend time.
  • There are also special events and opportunities to enjoy in the playroom, therapeutic garden, and playground both throughout the day, evenings and on weekends.
  • Quiet time follows and lights are out at 9:30 p.m.

*Therapy can happen in lots of places, including:

  • The pediatric gym, filled with state-of-the-art therapeutic equipment.
  • The light-filled atriums.
  • Independence Square, the hospital’s unique occupational therapy space set up to mirror a home, a typical street scene and other places patient will encounter when they leave the hospital.
  • Victory Garden, the beautiful and peaceful space for rest and relaxation. 
  • The outpatient gym on the first floor.
  • Through supervised outings in the local community.
  • In the fully adapted and accessible Ruth S. Willoughby Playground at the hospital.
  • Classroom, where school work continues during hospitalization to keep kids in contact with classmates.
  • The therapeutic indoor pool.