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FEATURE / INNOVATION

MENTAL HEALTH

USE ART THERAPY TO
ADVANCE WELLNESS
ART THERAPY IS A
form of expressive
therapy that uses the
creative process to
improve a person's
physical, mental and
emotional well-being.
But this is not just arts
and crafts time. For
starters, art therapists
are trained in art and
therapy and hold
advanced degrees and
board certification.
Art therapy can get
kids to open up in
ways that traditional
therapy can't. Not
only do kids express
themselves more
freely, but even subtle
cues-such as their
choice of media, from
pencils to paint and
beyond-give the art
therapist insight into
what a child is feeling,
according to Tisha
Adams, Ed.D, LPC, art
therapist in Children's
Hospital Colorado's

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Ponzio Creative Arts
Therapy Program.
Beyond its applications
in mental health care,
art therapists see
effects on children with

Getting results
One adolescent
recovering from an
eating disorder at
Children's Colorado
says, "I believe that
art saved my life, or at
least my soul. In art, I
find a safe place to be
my true self."
physical ailments. "I
can't tell you how many
times I've had parents
in the hospital room tell
me, 'That's the first time
I've seen my child smile
in a week,'" says Tony
Edelblute, LPC, MT-BC,
a music therapist in
the Ponzio Creative
Arts Therapy Program.
"It's more profound

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than just distraction."
Art therapy is gaining
acceptance as more
children's hospitals
add programs to
complement traditional
care. "We're not going
to replace surgeons
or amazing medical
advancements,"
Edelblute says. "But
we're addressing
a dimension of
wellness that doesn't
necessarily get
touched by surgery
or medicine." To
get started, tap
your interns, says
Edelblute, who began
his career at Colorado
Children's as an
unpaid intern. This
demonstrates the value
art therapy can bring
before investing in staff
and supplies to expand
to a full-fledged art
therapy program.
Learn more:
childrenscolorado.org/
creativeartstherapy

PATIENT SLEEP

FOCUS ON SIMPLE FIXES
THE (NECESSARY)
BELLS AND whistles in
NICUs and PICUs have
long made sleep elusive
in the hospital setting.
While no one would
refute the need for and
benefits of sleep for
patients, the need to
care for these patients
often trumps their
ability to get proper rest.
Robyn Stremler, RN,
Ph.D., adjunct scientist
with The Hospital
for Sick Children in
Toronto, co-authored
a study showing
hospitalized children get
significantly less sleep
than recommended
for their age-as many
as two hours less per
night. That sleep is
also interrupted more
than a dozen times a
night on average in
the hospital. "It's a
double-edged sword,"
Stremler says. "They're

not getting enough
minutes of sleep, but it's
also broken-up sleep."
And it's not just the
kids who aren't getting
sufficient shut-eye.
Another study showed
more than a quarter of
the nights parents spent
with their hospitalized
children met criteria for
acute sleep deprivation.
But children's hospital
teams and other experts
are focused on finding
simple ways to create
an environment and
an opportunity for
pediatric patients to
get better sleep without
sacrificing quality of
care. Here's how:
CLUSTER vitals, blood
draws and medications
for fewer interruptions
ASSESS and decrease
the frequency of vitals
and check-ins based on
patient severity


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