Art Therapy: Submit Your Child's Drawing - Cincinnati Children's Blog

Art Therapy: Submit Your Child’s Drawing

Is your child battling a chronic condition or overcoming an illness?

Lilly McCord, 5, remembers her nurse giving her a popsicle after tonsil and adenoid surgery.

We would like your child to describe it in a drawing.

Have your child draw how he pictures the disease and send in the artwork with a bit of an explanation about your family’s experience.

Send it in

Send your art to: Young and Healthy, Marketing & Communications, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, MLC 9012, 3333 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229.

Or email it to

This is 6-year-old Connor Edelen's perspective on what it looks like when his cells fight asthma.

What to include

Please include your child’s name, age, school, grade and contact information, along with a brief explanation of your experience. We will post a gallery on our Cincinnati Children’s Facebook page.

Heartfelt responses

Annie McClurg, 9, has had to learn how to deal with and disguise symptoms such as flapping arms that go along with a condition called stereotypies.

Responses so far have been heartfelt, such as 9-year-old Annie McClurg’s description of what it’s like to go to school with a disorder called stereotypies. It causes her to flap her arms and grimace when she gets preoccupied or excited.

“When I shake at school, my friends ask me why I shake and what is wrong,” Annie wrote on the back of her drawing. “I also feel embarrassed when I shake at school.”

Our goal is to give kids like Annie a forum that can help others understand what they go through.

The deadline

Art therapy is just one way Cincinnati Children’s helps kids express their emotions about dealing with a disease or disorder.

We invite kids to share their drawings not only to put their own thoughts into perspective but also to teach others more about the conditions they face.

Help us create a gallery of drawings like these. The deadline is Aug. 1, 2012.

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Tanya Leach

About the Author: Tanya Leach

Tanya Bricking Leach is a writer and video producer at Cincinnati Children's and a former newspaper reporter who has covered crime for The Cincinnati Enquirer, sports for USA Today, island life for The Honolulu Advertiser, food for The Associated Press and stories about storms and surfers for the New York Times. Tanya is the author of the military-themed travel guide "Hawaii for Heroes." She is married to a military veteran and is the mother of two young boys. When she's not wired in at work, she enjoys unplugging with her family on their sailboat.

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