Child life and expressive arts therapy
A cancer diagnosis is a traumatic, life-changing event at any age. Kids especially may have trouble understanding what their diagnosis means. They need their hospital stays explained to them. They ask why they have to undergo sometimes-painful treatments.
Child life therapists are available to help families understand and manage stressful hospital experiences.
Expressive art therapists use art, puppetry, writing and drama to help kids and family members express fears, worries, hopes and dreams. Expression helps patients externalize their energy and allow their bodies to heal. Families are better able to cope with their cancer experiences.
Music therapists address physical, psychological, cognitive and social functions through a variety of music-related activities. Benefits of music therapy include improved sleep and appetite, pain relief and increased relaxation.
The Children’s Hospital Foundation funds all child life services.
Advanced pediatric cancer care that isn’t too far from home.
When a pediatrician suspects a child has a serious heart issue, the physician and parents want to understand the situation quickly with a speedy diagnosis. If families in Kentucky or Indiana had to drive to […]Read Full Story
The Kentucky Poison Control Center of Norton Children’s Hospital has been working to reduce illness and death from poisoning in Kentucky for 65 years. The center provides 24/7 free and confidential access to specially trained […]Read Full Story
Nearly half of women who die by homicide in the U.S. are killed by a current or former intimate partner. Now a new study in JAMA Pediatrics shows that adolescent girls are at risk for […]Read Full Story