TThey donned gowns, gave Homero a brush, turned the music on and stood back. Then the magic happened.
Homero is a resident at the Center for Medically Fragile Children. Because he and many of the other residents at the center cannot speak, the caregiver team uses creative ways to understand each child and communicate with them.
Kerry Brown, CTRS, manager, Therapeutic Recreation & Volunteer Services.at the Center for Medically Fragile Children, explained how art helped her and her staff get to know the children. “For new admissions, we take our art cart into the room,” she said. “At the end of the assessment, we’ll know every sensory need of the child and can plan a program specifically for that child.”
While Homero never seemed too interested in art, he really responded to music. He would smile and wave his hands to the beat.
Kerry organized an art show to display paintings created by the residents thanks to your support of the Center for Medically Fragile Children and the recreational therapy program.
"I just held the canvas to catch the paint"
When it came time for Homero to create his painting, the staff used music for his inspiration. Homero held a special paintbrush, Kerry turned on the music and he swung the brush around to the beat. “I just held the canvas to catch the paint,” said Kerry. “It’s an amazing piece on stretched canvas and the work is all his.”
The artwork was displayed in the CMFC learning center in October. Each child had one piece of art in the show along with three photos of the child creating the piece.
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