Sam's Fans Music and Art Therapy Blog

A Very Short Story Continued…

By L. Samuel Gracida | May 2, 2020

From part 1 [Read part 1 here]: “Another night in the hospital. He felt sad and downtrodden, more so than he had ever felt in his life. After lunch on that second day, he was lying down doing nothing, bored, tired, and hurting when somebody knocked on the door. Nobody knocks on the door around here,…

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A word or more on quarantine

By Nikki McCarthy | April 6, 2020

These are uncertain and scary times. Perhaps I have a good distraction, but I am doing relatively well although some days are harder than others.  I think I would venture to say that having been in a situation like this I kind of get it… except for the part where we have a pandemic.
We have been here. …

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Music Therapist Jessica Gets Creative During Coronavirus Times

By Guest Blogger | March 30, 2020

Blog post written by guest music therapist Jessica Bogacik, MT-BC. Jessica is a Sam’s Fans-supported therapist offering music therapy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She wrote this blog post to tell us how she’s adapting to the situation with the coronavirus:
Wow! What unique times we are all living through right now. Music therapists across the country,…

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These are the chapters of Sam’s Book!

By Nikki McCarthy | March 14, 2020

Happy Birthday Sam!  Happy 22nd birthday!
Earlier last week I was with talking with a friend and I referred to the birthday saying we would be celebrating.  Celebrating.  She noticed that perhaps a year ago I would not have said it that way.  I might have been more like apprehensively awaiting it to pass, a few more years ago and it was likely called “dreading” the birthday. …

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Whatever you are going to do, we will do it together.

By Guest Blogger | March 12, 2020

Today’s blog post was written by Mandy McGlone, Nikki’s best friend and Sam’s Fans’ Associate Director.
Nikki and I are best friends from High School. To say that we have been through a lot together is an understatement. We’ve supported each other through new jobs and new houses. We’ve supported each other through bad boyfriends and bad 80’s hair.  …

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A Very Short Story

By L. Samuel Gracida | February 17, 2020

One typical day of summer they took him to the emergency room because of a fever of 104. You never expect these things will happen to you, until one day, a high fever, a stomachache that does not go away, an accident, or another circumstance of fate reminds you how fragile life can be. In the drive to the hospital Mr….

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You Wouldn’t Expect Them to Benefit from Music Therapy

By L. Samuel Gracida | February 10, 2020

Music therapy can have an impact on a wide range of populations. It can help the elderly, specially those with dementia, it can help kids with burns, also children with autism, and premature babies in the NICU. And so much more! There is even one population you wouldn’t think of when you think of music therapy….

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Images Can Transcend Words: Inside an Art Therapy Session

By Guest Blogger | February 3, 2020
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IntroductionWho do Art Therapists See?The Art Therapy SessionConclusionReferences

Art therapy is an evidence-based treatment that utilizes a variety of art media and psychology based processes in order to reach therapeutic goals and improve overall quality of life. An art therapist is a board certified masters-level clinician who works with people of all ages across a broad spectrum of practice….

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Music Therapy Helps Kids Cope With Burns

By L. Samuel Gracida | January 28, 2020

Annette Whitehead-Pleaux, M.A., MT-BC, is an assistant professor at Berklee College of Music. In addition, she teaches LENS courses on LGBTQ+ Identities in the Creative Arts. Annette also teaches at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in the Masters and Equivalency programs, at Colorado State University, Loyola University in New Orleans, and at Lesley University all in the Master programs.  …

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Art Therapy Activities Bring Joy to Kids at CCHMC!

By Guest Blogger | January 19, 2020

Thank you Gina Roell for writing this blog post! Gina is an art therapist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. 
Hello from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Thanks to Sam’s Fans, the patients on our Bone Marrow Transplant unit are able to benefit from art therapy services. I wanted to share some of the art therapy activities (interventions) that I use with the patients that Sam’s Fans makes possible….

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