Sarah B, CTRS, works with children and adolescents every day at HealthSource Saginaw’s White Pine Mental Health Center. Her patients are in crisis — the kind that can’t be measured or quantified with a medical test. They are often completely closed off. Sarah’s job is to motivate them somehow to learn and practice skills for coping with emotional issues so they can function more fully when they leave inpatient treatment.
“Some people think we just play with the kids,” Sarah explains. “But everything has a purpose.”
Art projects, therapy dogs, exercise classes, games, and journaling are just a few of the activities HealthSource recreational therapists employ with their patients to build self-esteem and help kids cope, find emotional outlets and expression, and communicate more effectively.
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