At Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, we offer both music and art therapy. These therapies are evidence-based health services in which music and art are used within a therapeutic relationship to support children’s social, psychological, cognitive and physical wellness.
Creative arts therapists work to promote artistic avenues of expression to help children maintain connections with siblings, parents, friends as well as their medical team. Art and music experiences can give kids and their families a safe, nonverbal way to communicate emotions, concerns, anxiety and stressors.
Patients are given opportunities to create original works that can help enhance their mood. Participating in individual or group creative arts therapy sessions instills a real and continued sense of hope in both our patients and their families.
Sometimes children get few choices when it comes to when and how their medical treatments occur. Creative arts therapy can help kids experience a sense of control over their hospitalization in the ways they can pick materials or instruments.
Children can go through periods of decreased motivation in their treatment. Creative arts therapists can help motivate kids to mentally or physically engage, while also being sensitive to their physical and emotional limitations.
Creative arts therapists are trained to work within their specialized modality and can offer patients ways to manage their pain. These sessions offer a space to validate children’s emotional states by reflecting their experiences through music or art.