Children who are hospitalized may experience fear, anxiety, and a perceived loss of control. Music therapy allows your child to express himself or herself and helps make the hospital environment more manageable. The Heather on Earth Music Therapist meets with patients and families at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital to assess needs and provide therapeutic music sessions.
Various live musical options, such as singing, listening, moving, playing instruments, and creative activities, are used to help decrease stress, improve coping, and help manage pain. In addition, studies have shown that live music can reduce the need for sedatives, decrease crying and agitation, and shorten the length of time needed for some medical procedures.
The Heather on Earth Music Therapist position is funded by a generous donation from the Heather on Earth Music Foundation. We are very grateful to the Foundation for the opportunity to offer this important and meaningful psychosocial service to patients and their families at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital.
For more information, please visit the Heather on Earth Music Foundation.
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