The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
creative arts therapies in Children's Hospital include
art therapy and music therapy, which can be group sessions or individual ones.
The art therapists in this hospital first access the children's emotions, perception of physical health, cognitive skills, social functioning and communication abilities to decide if the sessions will be individual or group.
Music Therapy involves a variety of activities such as music improvisation,
receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, music and imagery,
music performance and learning through music.
Art therapy, as the name suggest, helps the chidren allay their fear about illnesses, procedures or treatment. The hospital has collected an execllent gallery of children's art.
An interesting art activities that the hospital uses is medical play through medical dolls.
These dolls are personalized by the children using non-toxic permanent markers. The Child Life and Education Department uses these dolls tohelp children familiarize themeselves with the healthcare environment as well as helping them relax in the hospital environment.
Children also use the dolls to prepare and cope with treatment processes. The doll can be used to show where injections will be given or what posture or body position is used.
The children can take them home when they are discharged.
Arts in Healthcare Organizations
Healing Legacies is a nonprofit organization in Burlington, Vermont that promotes creative expression to enhance healing for women with breast cancer or for those who have survived the disease.
A group of women joined together in April 1997 to form Healing Legacies, Inc.
Healing Legacies, Inc. manages the Healing Legacies Art Registry, which
is a collection of art created by women who have eperinced cancer.
Anyone who has faced breast cancer and enhanced their healing through the creative process is encouraged to submit their work to the Registry.
The Registry has more than 85 artists with and over 400 works from the U.S., Canada and Europe.
The Society for the Arts in Healthcare (SAH) is a non-profit corporation in Washington, DC. with over 400 professionals in the healthcare arts field in U.S.as well as in the United Kingdom, Asia, and North and South America.
Each year the Society holds an annual conferences that attracts U.S. doctors, nurses, artists as well as internationl health care workers.
The Society also sponsors traveling exhibits such as the Healing Gardens Quilt Show, which is a collection of 27 quilts made by Northern Virginia quilters. On each quilt there is a plant currently that is being studied or used as a potential source of cancer-fighting drugs.
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