Psychiatry

The Allied Therapy Department

Mission & Philosophy


Mission

To provide therapeutic services in collaboration with all the disciplines at Shodair Children’s Hospital that promote the well-being of children by focusing on their strengths and supporting character development to create a positive vision for their future.

Philosophy

We are committed to fostering growth and change by allowing our patients to experience distressing emotions in a safe, non-judgmental environment while working to maintain a democratic approach to therapeutic services so that patients feel empowered to make choices regarding their own treatment.

Allied Therapy at Shodair


Every day at Shodair each child is given the opportunity to partake in a range of therapeutic activities offered by the Allied Therapy Department. Our department includes: Recreation Therapy, Music Therapy, and Activities.

Recreation Therapy

Shodair Children’s Hospital employs 4 full-time Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS).  Each unit at Shodair has a “home unit therapist” that facilitates group therapy.  The children see a CTRS at least once a day 7 days a week.

Therapeutic Recreation is an active treatment offered in a group setting that works to improve the health and well-being of children through leisure and recreation. Based on the specific needs of the patient, CTRS’s (Recreation Therapists) develop creative and instructive groups that are focused on:

Our therapists work with an interdisicplinary team to help children reach individualized goals set for each child. Participation in recreation therapy groups improves our children's social skills, decision making & judgement, frustration tolerance, ability to handle conflict, use of coping skills, and appropriate expression of feelings; all while building their individual strengths.

These skills will encourage patients to be an active participant in their life while promoting healthy choices and building lifelong skills to enhance their futures.

“We’re more than just fun and games!”

Music Therapy

Shodair Children’s Hospital employs 1 full time music therapist (MT-BC) that works with all of the children leading group therapy and individual 1-1 sessions. The children see the MT-BC at least once a week, and by physicians order 1-1 sessions.

Music Therapy is an active treatment offered in both the group and individual setting that works to improve the health and well-being of children through music. Based on the specific needs of the patient, a highly trained MT-BC (Music Therapists) works with the children to facilitate:

The music therapist works with the interdisicplinary team to help children reach their treatment plan goals.

These skills will encourage patients to be an active participant in their life while promoting healthy choices and building lifelong skills to enhance their futures.

“Experience Success Through Music!”

Activities

Each unit at Shodair Children’s Hospital employs 4 full time Activity Assistants that co-leads groups with the CTRS’s & lead activity groups.  Each child receives at least 1 activity group a day.

Activities are a part of each child’s life during their stay at Shodair Children’s Hospital. Activities are offered in the group setting and are designed to be fun while providing character development through large group games, arts and crafts, and other recreation activities. A Recreation Aide works with the children to offer:

These skills will encourage patients to expand their recreation interests, practice good sportsmanship, and improve their ability to be a positive group member.

“Be an active participant in your life!”


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