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 Assistants

Activities Assistants not only support the Recreation Therapists on staff, they also lead any number of groups throughout the day. It is their responsibility and goal to transfer and repeat many of the skills taught by Recreation Therapists to help patients pattern good habits into their daily lives.

The AA crew also runs recreation-based special events. They help patients try on tuxedos for the Shodair Prom, run special monthly activities like Survivor and The Shodair Olympics, lead outings, and help improve patients’ creations for our Iron Chef competition.

Additionally, Activities Assistants provide instruction and coaching on Shodair’s Challenge Course. This challenging, trust-based environment opens patients up for development through their own vulnerability.  Further, the Challenge Course provides ample opportunity for objective-driven education. Challenge Course staff connect group goals and objectives to different activities throughout the experience by posing questions which prompt self-reflection and teamwork. A group debriefing at the end of each session provides reflection on lessons learned and experience gained through the elements completed that day.

 

“Be an active participant in your life!”