Horticultural therapy gives children who are undergoing inpatient medical care access to something they crave: the outside world.
Working with plants, flowers, leaves, and other elements of nature gives children the chance to socialize and learn new skills. It’s also a proven mood booster that helps children relax and feel a sense of accomplishment. Horticultural therapists, part of Rusk Rehabilitation, care for children at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone.
Pediatric Inpatient Horticulture Therapy Program
Children participate in nature-themed crafts such as pressing leaves, arranging flowers, and other stimulating projects while in the rehabilitation program at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital. Social skills and confidence are enhanced while children practice the abilities they learn in other therapies.
In collaboration with pediatric occupational therapists, multisensory horticultural activities are used in our two-week summer camp for children experiencing weakness on one side of their body caused by a variety of neurological and orthopedic conditions.