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The Gift of Technology and Art Therapy for Zoe

Six-year old Zoe loves to show her original artwork to her friends and family. She sculpts clay and makes silk hoop paintings in bright colors, which brings her joy and distracts her from cancer treatment. Zoe’s mom Brigitte credits art therapy at Children’s National Hospital for inspiring her daughter’s love of art. “When Zoe first started, she just scribbled,” Brigitte says. “Now she paints pictures of the sun and her family and grass and blue skies. It makes her happy and helps her with stress. And it’s not about her cancer it’s about being a kid and having fun.”

The threat of COVID-19 limited Zoe’s time at the hospital in the spring of 2020. Her mom says Zoe was devastated to lose her regular art therapy sessions. But our telehealth program enabled her to continue from home. “The gift of technology shined through and put that pep back in her step,” Brigitte says.

Zoe paints on a table with an iPad nearby during a video conference session with an art therapist. “They talk about how Zoe’s feeling and what she has accomplished,” Brigitte says. “Zoe says she feels like she’s sitting in the art room at the hospital.” The therapy sessions also give her mom a break.

“With cancer, every day is a guessing game about how Zoe is going to feel,” Brigitte says. “But if we have art therapy, I know it’s going to be a good day. It gives Zoe life.”

The threat of COVID-19 limited Zoe’s time at our hospital in the spring of 2020. The crisis forced her to skip art therapy sessions that helped her cope with cancer treatments. But our telehealth program enabled her to continue from home.

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