The Child Life Program at the Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper is proud to offer creative arts therapy services for our pediatric patients. These are therapeutic interventions used to help patients cope with pain, trauma, and anxiety around hospitalization while also providing emotional support for patients and their families.
Art therapy is the therapeutic use of art making. Children and families use art therapy during hospitalization to reduce stress and distress related to illness and trauma, improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, and enhance social skills.
Art therapists are trained mental health professionals educated in counseling, human development, psychology, multiculturalism, and the healing potential of art.
Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional.
Music therapy promotes wellness, decreases anxiety, provides pain management, facilitates emotional expression, enhances memory, improves communication, and promotes physical rehabilitation. Music therapists can also provide support during end-of-life situations.