Child Life and Expressive Arts Therapy

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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.

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