2021 Pediatric Palliative Care WebinarsBeyond Words: Using Expressive and Integrative Therapies as Communication Tools
Children experience their world through play, creativity, and imagination. It is how they learn and process, and provides mastery over their environment. Play becomes all the more important when faced with adversity or trauma. In a medical setting, expressive therapies can be used to help children understand and process their illness and can even have a tangible effect on their physical symptoms and overall wellness. This course will provide an introduction to the broad range of expressive therapy options that can be used as a part of a child’s medical care. Through case examples and sample interventions, the presenters will share ways in which imagery, song, words, and other forms of creativity can help a child process and express feelings related to their health and treatment.