As part of our Pediatric Rehabilitation program, teens and pre-teens participate in horticultural therapy each week. During these therapy sessions, the children learn about the environment as they touch and physically interact with soil and other natural elements, and also have a chance to use their creativity to make natural crafts and plant projects. Working with plants is a very normalizing activity, and at the same time provides a wonderful educational opportunity for children. Inpatients often participate in intergenerational patient groups, in which children learn to talk to adults and reach out and help adults who are new to the group. This builds confidence and pride.
Our state-of-the-art children’s play garden, designed by a multidisciplinary team of childhood experts, is also used by a number of other departments, including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology and Psychology, to help patients achieve their therapeutic goals.
For further information on Horticultural Therapy Services, please visit the Horticultural Therapy page.