NEWSFLASH! VIPAR Playroom Assessment Rubric now in fillable form

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I am excited to announce the release of a fillable pdf format for the VIPAR, a new tool for your child life/hospital play toolkit. You can now fill out the VILAS Playroom Assessment Rubric (VIPAR) on your computer and print it out. The VIPAR is an assessment form to help you make your playroom the best it can be. There is a dream playroom in all of our imaginations. Time, space, budget constraints and infection control guidelines aside, we all know what we would provide children and families if we were able to do so. The  VIPAR (Vilas Playroom Assessment Rubric) (click on bold green type to access) is intended to present the best possible scenario, and to measure how your playroom is meeting the needs of all pediatric patients and families at your hospital. Child life specialists, hospital play specialists, and administrators can use this rubric as a quality checklist to assess playroom design and operation.

This rubric is several years in the making and has been test driven by many Bank Street College alumni. They kindly tried it out in their playrooms and provided me with feedback to improve the document, making it as accessible and flexible as possible.

Tara Horan reports that the rubric gave her staff  “feelings of empowerment to make positive changes.”

Kelsey Frawley shared, “Another AHA moment was the cultural competency piece. I think as specialist’s we are taught to BE culturally competent, not judge, ask questions, be aware of differences, but incorporating it into a room is something I have not thought of. The developmental appropriate piece really stuck out. It is something we have struggled with as a site and recently have committed to revamping. Kate Shamzad states “In fact, it inspired us to order a wall mirror to be installed in the infant/toddler section of the hem/onc room.”

I owe them and others many thanks for their input. But the VIPAR is and should be a work in progress. So please give me feedback if you use it at The form will soon be available on the Child Life Council’s website at the Play Center located in the Resource Library.

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