Doctors and patients at the Hospital for Joint Diseases at NYU Langone Medical Center welcomed spring this week with some special guests: Therapy rabbits Nutmeg and Clovis. These bunnies live at the hospital and are part of NYU Langone’s Horticultural Therapy Program, which helps patients rehabilitate from brain and spinal cord injuries, musculoskeletal disorders, strokes, and other conditions. Doctors may recommend bunny time for patients in rehabilitation, because caring for animals can be therapeutic. As you might imagine, Clovis and Nutmeg are especially popular with children, who adore seeing and working with the friendly bunnies.
While Nutmeg and Clovis were getting kids in the Easter spirit, Child Life Specialists got festive with a Purim carnival for children at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital.
At NYU Langone, we understand that illness and medical procedures have the potential to cause anxiety and fear in children. To ease these feelings and help your family prepare for and cope with your child’s surgery or hospital stay, we offer child life services, music therapy, art therapy, and therapeutic recreation in part through the Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care.
Child life specialists, along with recreation therapists and creative arts therapists, strive to provide ample opportunities for play throughout the healthcare experience. This allows children to be children, even in the hospital. If your child is ever a patient at NYU Langone, be sure to take advantage of these offerings—and request a visit from Clovis and Nutmeg!
For more information about the horticultural program and its resident rabbits, visit http://nyulangone.org/locations/rusk-rehabilitation/horticultural-therapy. To learn more about NYU Langone’s Child Life, Recreation & Creative Arts Therapies services, visit http://nyulangone.org/patient-family-support/child-life-recreation-creative-arts-therapies.