The Red & Orange House visits Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, Indiana. Funded by the Anne Goss Foundation.

Diane and Mary Crevey, Founder of The Red & Orange House  with Mary Crevey, Foundation Officer, Riley Children’s Foundation

Diane and Mary Crevey, Founder of The Red & Orange House
with Mary Crevey,
Foundation Officer, Riley Children’s Foundation

Diane with art therapists, Cassie Dobbs and Emily Allbery

Diane with art therapists, Cassie Dobbs and Emily Allbery

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014, Mary Crevey, Foundation Relations Officer for Riley Children’s Foundation, guided me on a wonderful tour of Riley Hospital. We visited the brand new Child Life Zone.  The large space is a state-of-the art, therapeutic play area inside Riley Hospital. The brightly colored, upbeat space is decorated with an Indy Race theme. The space includes a computer center, a fooseball table, an art-making area and a room for therapeutic massage. Most notable is the sound mixing room where teen patients can come to create original electronic music. This space is truly a “rec room/sanctuary” for a teen to just be a teen, not a patient. The Child Life Zone was completely funded by Teammates for Kids, country singer, Garth Brooks’, foundation. 

Mid-morning, we met Cassie Dobbs and Emily Allberry, Riley Hospital’s art therapists. We toured the inpatient units where Cassie and Emily facilitate art therapy interactions. We engaged in a productive discussion comparing the similarities and differences of The Bodyscapes Technique’s therapeutic art-making process and traditional art therapy interventions. We evaluated both methods and their effective outcomes, using the arts as a way to express feelings about illness and medical treatments as well as a way to process physical and emotional healing.

http://www.rileykids.org

http://iuhealth.org/riley/for-patients-and-families/child-life/art-therapy/

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