Help kids with burn injuries heal faster

by Shriners Hospitals for Children - Houston
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Summary

Shriners Galveston Hospital will implement a therapeutic art program for children and youth with burn injuries. This project will use art media and individually-tailored activities to help patients meet developmental milestones. Therapeutic art also allows patients to process their experiences associated with hospitalization and achieve a sense of self-expression, independence and control.
$1,795.00
total raised
28
donors
0
monthly donors
3
years active

Challenge

Burns are the third leading cause of death for US children and often result in prolonged hospitalizations and surgical procedures. To a young patient with a critical burn injury, hospitalization is often confusing, frightening and confining. Many young patients also experience mental and physical forms of stress due to the surprising nature of their injuries. As a result, young patients often seclude themselves in thought and are hesitant to socialize with others.

Solution

The Therapeutic Art Project at Shriners Galveston Hospital uses art media and the patient's resulting artwork to explore feelings, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem. The program is designed to help patients with burn injuries release bad memories and reach for new possibilities through a returned sense of well-being. Therapeutic art is a powerful tool that helps children express their emotions without words and use those expressions to embrace hope.

Long-Term Impact

The Therapeutic Art Project will deliver activities to 200 children with burn injuries annually to increase: 1) non-verbal communication skills; 2) self-expression of thoughts and feelings related to hospitalization; and 3) positive self-esteem. Burn patients participating in therapeutic art are documented to demonstrate reduced anxiety, improved mood and increased cooperation with medical staff.

Resources

http:/​/​www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/​en/​Hospitals/​Locations/​Galveston.aspx
Shriners Galveston Hospital on ABC Channel 7
Shriners Galveston provides world-class care
Shriners Galveston Hospital Facebook page
Shriners Galveston Hospital
Project Leader:
Connie Boyd
Galveston, TX United States

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
   

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