At UC Davis Youngsters’s Hospital, artistic arts therapies assist pediatric sufferers throughout their hospitalization. This week, it’s Artistic Arts Remedy Week. It’s a celebration of self-expression, communication and coping by the humanities.

“The artwork and music therapists are an integral a part of the well being care workforce,” stated Diana Sundberg, supervisor of the Youngster Life and Artistic Arts Remedy Division. “They supply an outlet for artistic expression whereas supporting the kid and household emotionally by their medical journey. We’re so proud to have the ability to present these precious providers to the kids.”

We requested Sundberg about artwork remedy, music remedy and the way the humanities can assist assist hospitalized youngsters.

What’s artwork remedy?

Artwork remedy is a non-verbal type of remedy that includes the artistic course of to enhance the bodily, psychological, and emotional well-being of sufferers and households. You don’t want to have inventive coaching to participate in and profit from artwork remedy. The artwork therapists at UC Davis Youngsters’s Hospital present particular person and group artwork remedy classes for youngsters of all ages and developmental ranges. These alternatives promote self-expression, communication and coping by artwork.

What sorts of artwork strategies are used within the hospital?

Throughout artwork remedy classes, artwork strategies could embrace:

  • Portray
  • Drawing
  • Collage
  • Sculpting
  • Textile Artwork
  • Digital Artwork
  • Images
Art therapist woman sits in playroom with a patient at a table with markers.
Artwork therapist Jennifer Miller sits with a affected person within the playroom.

What’s music remedy?

Music remedy combines music interventions and strategies to assist sufferers accomplish private objectives with the assist of a board-certified music therapist. Sufferers don’t must know tips on how to play an instrument to learn from music remedy. The music therapists at UC Davis Youngsters’s Hospital collaborate immediately with the affected person’s care workforce to offer acceptable music remedy providers all through the affected person’s hospital keep.

What sorts of music strategies are used throughout music remedy classes?

We use quite a lot of music strategies, together with:

  • Singing
  • Exploring devices or studying to play an instrument
  • Taking part in musical video games
  • Stress-free to music
  • Writing a track
  • Transferring to music
  • Studying tips on how to DJ
  • Recording music
Woman sits by the bedside of a girl with a bandage on her head playing a ukulele in her hospital bed.
Music therapist Susan Mehall teaches ukulele to 1 affected person.

What are the advantages of artwork and music remedy?

Artwork and music remedy can assist youngsters in some ways. They will:

  • Enhance vanity and construct confidence
  • Handle and reduce ache
  • Lower nervousness and stress
  • Course of troublesome feelings and categorical emotions
  • Present a possibility for socialization and household bonding
  • Enhance and enhance bodily motion
  • Promote developmental milestones

How can folks assist these applications?

We’ve got a music remedy fund and an artwork remedy fund. These funds assist assist our applications and the providers that our workforce supplies.


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