Using arts to give children respite from life-threatening illnesses.
Creativity and arts engagement activities are among many therapies offered at Ryan House, a Phoenix-based nonprofit organization that provides home-like respite for children with life threatening illnesses, and a source of comfort for their families.
There’s a Sensory Room that’s awash with lights, sounds, colors and different textures to stimulate the senses and fuel a child’s imagination. The Do Re Mi music room gives children a chance to play the drums, guitars and other musical instruments like their favorite music stars. The Story of Me multimedia room engages children in story telling and expressing their innermost thoughts and feelings.
Child Life and Creative U are among a variety of programs offered to children, their parents and siblings to guide them through therapeutic process. During these therapy sessions you’ll find children and family members engaged in activities ranging from story telling, reading, and music, to arts and crafts and puzzle solving projects. These creative experiences give everyone a chance to express themselves, relax, and forget their cares in a warm, welcoming and stimulating environment.
What makes Ryan House different from other organizations offering palliative care is the focus on the family, and providing a creative, home-like environment that eases an otherwise challenging journey.
“The single most influential impact is bringing meaning into kids’ definition and seeing them grow every day. We are literally helping the kids to understand their lives.” – Taylor More, Marketing Director