Playing is how children learn the foundation for academic skills such as mathematics, reading, writing and social skills. It’s their main occupation and consumes the majority of their days.
When a child cannot play or participate in activities, physical, emotional and social issues can develop. Seeking help early is the best first step parents can make. For many families, a pediatric therapist can be a valuable resource.
Benefits of Therapy
Pediatric therapists treat children with cerebral palsy, autism, developmental delay, coordination disorders, feeding problems, sensory processing disorders, and general fine or gross motor delays.
Children benefit from therapy in different ways, some more than others. A pediatric therapist can perform an evaluation and make recommendations if a child struggles with play or performing daily activities. Pediatric therapists use developmentally appropriate play to enhance a child’s skills. They provide each child with the best opportunity possible to participate fully in play activities and social experiences.
Room for Inspiration: Mural Enhances Pediatric Therapy Treatment Space
The skilled therapists in Methodist Therapy’s pediatric services department are experts at making treatment time feel like play time for the young patients who visit them routinely. And now, thanks to one of these therapists, the pediatric therapy department has received a kid-friendly update with a special wall mural to inspire children to reach their goals and embrace their uniqueness.
Kellie Hudgens, a certified occupational therapy assistant, is the artist behind the colorful mural. Several parents commented that the large blank wall in the lobby area leading to the gym space was lackluster. The therapists had considered enhancing the space for a long time, and with support from Methodist’s administrative team and with Hudgens’ creative talent, the dream became reality.
Over the course of several weeks, Hudgens came in on her free time to create the mural, which features a woodland motif sprinkled with inspirational quotes promoting diversity, individuality, encouragement and most importantly, love. Embedded within the design are actual handprints of patients and staff. The prints bring a genuine feeling of life and unity to the artwork. The mural, one of many Hudgens has created, was a parting gift to her patients and co-workers with Methodist Therapy Center. She now shares her therapy skills with students in the Maryville City School system.
“It was such a tough decision to leave,” said Hudgens. “My patients, the parents and my co-workers at Methodist are just the best.”
Methodist Pediatric Therapy is excited to have a treatment space that now feels as inspiring as the young patients who use it. For more information, call Methodist Therapy Services at (865) 835-3370 or click here.