We offer children the opportunity to express themselves, as well as their fears and concerns, in a safe and supportive environment. Since children's needs vary, we have a variety of special therapeutic programs to allow for self-expression.
Art therapy helps young patients cope with their hospital stay while maintaining their regular routines. Our licensed art therapist runs creative expression groups in the playroom — a central play space for young children. Individual art sessions also are available for patients at their bedsides.
To enhance opportunities for all hospitalized children, we broadcast playroom activities to patient rooms so everyone is able to get involved.
Cooking provides children a way to express themselves and interact with peers while doing something familiar and fun. Mixing batter, pounding dough and doing other cooking activities can be therapeutic. Cooking projects are provided weekly in the playroom.
Patients can participate in a weekly bingo game in our playroom. Patients who are unable to go to the playroom are still able to participate in this activity from their bedsides through a "live broadcast" on our closed-circuit television channel. Medical bingo lets children explore medical terminology in a safe and fun way.
Music has a positive effect on the physical and emotional well-being of many patients. Visiting musicians and music therapists lead interactive music sessions with patients.
This unique therapy involves specially trained and veterinarian-approved adult dogs provided by the nonprofit Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy, Inc. With proper permission, these dogs visit and interact with children in the playroom. The program is designed to enhance the emotional, psychological, social and physical well-being of patients.