Five Points of Differentiation

SELF-EXPRESSION

Being in the hospital is unfamiliar and uncomfortable for most kids. Away from friends, parents and siblings, they often feel alone and isolated. As humans, we have a strong need to express ourselves and we’re happiest when other people understand what we are trying to convey. Although we find all kinds of ways to do this, speaking is the first and foremost means we use to communicate what we want others to know. Yet people have come up with endless ways to get their messages across.

Self-expression is crucial for personal growth and development. Imagination Heals provides children, adolescents and teens the opportunity to express themselves through creative modalities such as art, music, dance, poetry and laughter yoga. Through these modalities, our workshops provide safe and creative outlets for self-expression.

CREATIVITY

Being in the hospital is unfamiliar and uncomfortable for most kids. Away from friends, parents and siblings, they often feel isolated and bored.

Kids are inspired by their own dreams as well as those of others. Imagination Heals provides opportunities for children in hospitals to explore their inner thoughts and support their own creativity. Creativity comes from exploring the many possibilities within one’s own mind through generating new ideas, connecting these ideas to one’s everyday life and solving problems.

Fostering creativity can be an important outlet for hospitalized children, as it allows them to make sense of their current environment as well as express their feelings within a safe structure such as storytelling, painting, dancing, creating music and singing.

The story and music of Pacha’s Pajamas and the workshops provide kids the opportunity to use their imagination and solve problems within the context of a culturally-relevant nature-themed dreamworld as well as share their unique ideas with one another. Let the creativity blossom!!

INSPIRATION

Being in the hospital can be an unfamiliar and uncomfortable environment for kids. Away from friends, parents and siblings, they feel isolated and bored. Inspiration can awaken us to new possibilities for achieve health by allowing us to transcend our ordinary experiences and limitations. Inspiration propels a person from apathy to possibility, and transforms the way we perceive our own capabilities.

The Pacha’s Pajamas story and music inspires patients and families to act and treat each other differently. Often when we go to community events, a parent will approach us and tell us that Pacha’s is all their kids want to listen to. We’ve heard a story of two siblings that don’t agree on anything agreeing upon Pacha’s music. We often hear that kids are excited to get in the car so they can listen to the album, and its shifting the conversations in the car. One parent told us his daughter who previously had not expressed much interest in dancing said “Dad, I am closing my door and going to be in my room dancing.” We’ve also heard of parents and kids having deep bonding experiences listening together.

HOPE

hospitals can be a very unfamiliar and uncomfortable environment for kids. Away from friends, parents and siblings, children can feel isolated and as if they are stuck in a nightmare. They often need reasons to get out of bed and to believe that things are going to get better.

Imagination Heals provides various services to bring hope to patients and families going through challenges. One way is through guided visualization workshops, helping child patients create a picture in their mind of their future happy and healthy self.

In our hospital visits, we play uplifting music that inspires hope.

“The music & song provided ways that uplifted everyone’s spirit including patients, families, & staff. It moved me to tears to see the transformational emotion of our pediatric patients and families. The feeling of joy and happiness was felt when the music played and we all sang together. I believe imagination does help heal and help distract our kids from pain and worries” ~ Melissa Hebron, Director of Child Life at Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics

JOY

Hospital are often an uncomfortable and unhappy environment for kids.  Away from friends, parents and siblings, they can feel isolated, bored and unhappy. They often need opportunities to laugh, play and experience joy.

One way of experiencing joy is through laughter. The Imagination Heals program provides laughter yoga workshops. Laughter Yoga reduces anxiety, uplifts the mood of participants, builds healthy relationships with other individuals through a group experience, and improves health and well-being. Here is one exercise Imagination Heals implements during our workshops:

“Ha Ha” Mountain Pose

An exercise to work on breathing through slow deep laughs to high silly laughs and wiggle exercises, which helps to ground participants and uplift their mood. The Mountain Pose posture includes standing with feet flat on the ground, shoulder width apart, standing tall with arms at the side.

In our hospital visits, we play uplifting music that inspires joy.

“The music & song provided ways that uplifted everyone’s spirit including patients, families, & staff. It moved me to tears to see the transformational emotion of our pediatric patients and families. The feeling of joy and happiness was felt when the music played and we all sang together. I believe imagination does help heal and help distract our kids from pain and worries” ~ Melissa Hebron, Director of Child Life at Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics

“It was really cool. (patient smiles) I really like the way they used all the instruments and combined the music together.” ~ Pediatric Intensive Care (PICU): 13 year male

“It was uplifting and I was happy to see the children engage with the music. When the patient was in pain, he sang out loud with the musicians, “Imagination Heals” ~ Maria, PICU nurse