Healing Arts & Therapeutic Recreation

Healing Arts & Therapeutic Recreation

At St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children, our goal is to help children be children. Every day, we work hard to hear our patients laugh and sing. It’s music to our ears—and to those of their loved ones. One way we do this is through therapeutic recreation and healing arts.

Our specially trained therapeutic recreation specialists organize medically approved recreation programs for our young patients: sports, dramatics, games, sensory stimulation, and arts and crafts—all designed to help children and young adults develop interpersonal relationships, socialize effectively and gain the confidence to participate in group activities. Program content is tailored to meet each child’s capabilities, needs and interests.

Art and music therapies help our children cope with symptoms, stress and traumatic experiences. They also learn how to express themselves—making art therapy one of the best ways to help children deal with anger or depression.


Arts for Healing Program

St. Mary’s Arts for Healing Program not only encourages healing through expression and creativity, it is also a therapeutic program that has been proven to sharpen the minds of St. Mary’s kids. Kids with medical complexities who are exposed to the arts are able to free their imaginations from constraints imposed by physical limitations. In doing so, these kids achieve increased levels of confidence and self-esteem, as they develop new skills and approaches to seeing the world in a new way. Our program includes works created by some of the area’s most exciting contemporary artists as well as artist-led workshops for patients and much more.

Nick Cannon

iHeartRadio Music Environment & Music Therapy Program

The iHeartRadio music environment is a special place where music connects our children to the world around them. Music memorabilia, instruments, karaoke and hands-on activities enable children to reach beyond their physical limitations and express themselves freely and joyfully as well as manage pain and cope with stressful situations. Our music therapy program nourishes the learning process, including attention, critical thinking, emotional maturity, motor capacity and more.

Innovative Therapy-Portable Vecta Station

This portable multisensory cart uses lights, music and touch to provide multisensory stimulation to children at St. Mary’s. The new form of therapy serves as a distraction for difficult or painful procedures, and even helps children focus more on achieving their goals.

Contact Information

St. Mary’s Hospital for Children
29-01 216th Street
Bayside, NY 11360

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