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Music heals his soul while dialysis cleans his blood

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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

Akron Symphony Orchestra conductor, Christopher Wilkins, gave the keynote at the Ohio Music Therapy Conference

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

Music therapist Leslie Meadows tickles the ivories with Isabella, Sarah and Jane

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

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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

Lisa Marie Holley

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 […]

A work (of art) in progress

Barbara Green and Leslie Meadows

Leslie and I continue to be busy. Our excitement grows day by day because our move into the Expressive Therapy Center may be as early as March 18. Our office is currently in the Locust Professional Building, so we look forward to being centrally located within Akron Children’s Hospital. Based on what we’re hearing, we […]