And then, the most amazing thing happened…

Sam’s Fans supports music and art therapy in several pediatric hospitals. We are so grateful that our partners from these hospitals often send us stories and testimonials. They reflect the impact that music and art therapy can have! 
 
We also believe it is important to share these stories with the true heroes.

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Expanding Music Therapy Access – Dayton Children’s Hospital

For today’s blog post we are bringing you an update about the music therapy program that Sam’s Fans supports at Dayton Children’s Hospital (DCH). This blog post is based on the episode from The Power of Stories with Ella Guillard, MT-BC, music therapist at DCH. 
 
New Music Therapist in Behavioral Health Unit
Sam’s Fans first supported the first pilot program for music therapists at DCH.

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A word or more on quarantine

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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Images Can Transcend Words: Inside an Art Therapy Session

Introduction
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. Art Therapists value artistic expression as an avenue to better understand underlying psychological needs and to access personal history that is not available through verbal means alone….

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Music Therapy Helps Kids Cope With Burns

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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5 Misconceptions of What a Music Therapist Is

Maryville University notes that there has been an increase in the demand for psychology expertise across different fields and businesses, especially with the newly recognized connection between mental health and brain development. Alongside art and dance therapy, music is an example of how artistic interventions promote wellbeing and help clients work through personal issues. That said,…

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Hope in Harmony: Finding Healing Through Music

Hi Sam’s Fans!  This is Jennifer Yurkovich, music therapist from Columbus, Ohio, and owner of JAZY music therapy.  I know many of you followed Sam’s Fans posts this past winter about the ‘Hope in Harmony’ project and I wanted to take a moment to let you all know how that project turned out and to talk about our future plans for partnering with Cornerstone of Hope….

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Art Therapy: An Outside the Box Approach to ADHD

Parents of children who have an ADHD diagnosis often go to great lengths to support their child’s special needs. Behavior modifications, endless adjustments to diet and schedule, tutoring, sports, meetings with teachers, and medications create a short list. However, this does not come anywhere close to painting an adequate picture. Exhaustion, meltdowns, and desperation become underlying motivations to solve the puzzle that has become their child….

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Art Therapy: How It Works

“My loveness makes my wings grow big!”
As he spoke, he created pink circles radiating outward from his body map. This exercise is done each art therapy session to help this 6 year old learn to identify the physical sensations of his emotions. Gradually, his circles grew so large they overtook the page. Next, he added large,…

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