Horticultural Therapy: A Psychosocial Treatment Option at the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders

Fried, Gwenn G.; Wichrowski, Matthew J.
July 2008
Primary Psychiatry;Jul2008, Vol. 15 Issue 7, p73
Academic Journal
Quality psychosocial care for patients undergoing treatment for hematology/ oncology disorders and their families serves to reduce the inevitable disruptions in life experienced during treatment. Horticultural therapy, a process through which plants and gardening activities are used as vehicles in professionally conducted programs of therapy, is a program option that can address the psychosocial needs of patients in numerous medical situations. The horticultural therapy program at the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders of New York University Langone Medical Center is designed to stimulate sensory, cognitive, and communication skills as well as increase knowledge and awareness of nature while providing a stress-reducing diversion during treatment. This program provides a range of benefits that complement other treatment options and serves to help minimize potential challenges in the quality of life for patients and their families.


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