Dance/Movement Therapy at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital

Smiling girl lying in bed in hospital surrounded by doctors

Smiling girl lying in bed in hospital surrounded by doctors.

Seven year old Tommy was a patient at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital who didn’t feel well. He had not left his hospital bed or laughed for several days, and his mom said he had been “just laying around, bored.” But that all changed when dance/movement therapist, Katie Bohn walked into his room with her “bag of tricks.”

To view the news report and parts of the dance/movement therapy session with Tommy visit Kids at Cardinal Glennon Have All the Right Moves courtesy of Channel Five News in St. Louis.

Katie quickly created a strong therapeutic connection through movement and conversation; then took Tommy on a trip to the ocean…using scarves.

“She did lots of fun stuff,” said Tommy with a smile, and his mom acknowledged the change noting, “now, he’s smiling and happy.”

Katie responded “it’s a privilege to witness” the process through which hospitalized children move. Further, she stated:

Dance/movement therapy sessions are so powerful in the medical setting because they allow for the connection of self-expression, creativity and imagination with body awareness, movement and autonomy. Children may experience freedom from the isolation of hospitalization and have the opportunity to express themselves and connect in a safe (often metaphorical) way to their body, experiencing it as more than just an illness.”

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To view the news report and parts of the dance/movement therapy session with Tommy visit Kids at Cardinal Glennon Have All the Right Moves courtesy of Channel Five News in St. Louis.

With the help from non-profit organization, Drea’s Dream, and dance companies in the St. Louis area helping with Gala fundraisers, Katie can now bring dance/movement therapy to the children at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital on a weekly basis. This means more connection, more movement, and more smiles like Tommy’s.

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