Performances highlight the many talents of our Expressive Therapy patients (Photo gallery)

About 150 people enjoyed the music, art and dancing provided by our patients and their art therapists at Akron Children’s Expressive Therapy open house. For some of the kids, who struggle with chronic illnesses that keep them hospitalized much of the year, the open house gives them an opportunity to participate in a recital, an event many typical kids take for granted.

Music heals his soul while dialysis cleans his blood

The repetitive “woosh-woosh-bump” sound of the dialysis machine fills the room as 19-year-old Chris Blackwell sits tethered to the machine for four-hour stints three times a week. He has been receiving dialysis since he was diagnosed two years ago with chronic kidney disease.

Music to our ears

On Oct. 14 and 15, 115 music therapists and music therapy students attended the State Music Therapy Conference entitled “Music Therapy:  Connecting, Empowering, Energizing” here at Akron Children’s Hospital. The opening session with keynote speaker Christopher Wilkins took place in Akron Children’s impressive Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy Center.  Maestro Wilkins is the conductor of […]

A dress rehearsal for the new expressive therapy center

Lately, curious heads are popping in to visit. We have seen employees from environmental service, employee health, maintenance and even an Air Bear® pilot. Everyone is anxious to see the new Expressive Therapy Center up and running. And we are excited to report that it is quickly on its way! Each week there is more to […]

Expressive Therapy Center update: 88 keys have arrived

Our beautiful new Boston grand piano arrived this morning.  Barb and I have already played it and done some singing.  What wonderful sound it has!  A generous donation from the Hershey Foundation helped make this happen. The piano will be used for individual and group therapy in our new Expressive Therapy Center, as well as […]

Excitement builds as opening of Expressive Therapy Center nears

I recently accepted a position as the program assistant for the Expressive Therapy Center. What an exciting time to come aboard at Akron Children’s Hospital! In the short time that I have been here, I have seen the excitement and anticipation bursting from each person invested in this project. I imagine that it’s been a […]