To keep pediatric patients entertained and engaged, Child Life Specialists often involve children in various activities, including music and art therapy. To help their efforts, the Foundation produced an 8-page coloring book featuring the Hospital’s very own UnMonsters. While our doctors and nurses are busy taking care of patients, these coloring books help visits to the emergency room, clinics and doctors offices less stressful. The children have an opportunity to color all of their favorite characters, including Fretta, Tizzy, and Jitters. These friendly monsters remind kids and their parents that sometimes the things that scare us aren’t so bad after all.
Studies have shown that coloring helps reduce stress and promote relaxation by calming the part of the brain that engages our fear and stress response, focusing the mind on the present moment. Coloring books engage children’s creative and active enthusiasm, all while developing a child’s hand-eye coordination and motor skills.
These fun UnMonster coloring books came to fruition with inspiration by request through the Humanity Grants Program, a program where St. Joseph’s Hospitals Foundation invests in projects and ideas generated by team members that will bring care and comfort to patients and their families.
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