American Family Children's Hospital offers a Healing Images program is inspired by author and Watertown, Wisconsin native Nancy Klein, whose book, Healing Images for Children: Teaching Relaxation and Guided Imagery to Children Facing Cancer and Other Serious Illnesses, helps children manage pain and anxiety by emphasizing the connection between the body and mind. Parents and staff are trained to serve as "coaches" in teaching the Healing Images techniques to children and young adults.
Ms. Klein's book introduces children to guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, distraction and other techniques that help relax the body and minimize pain. The Healing Images book is a staple of the program, which also incorporates an introductory videotape, an activity book, a relaxation kit and a cassette disk.
Bolstered by a $20,000 grant from the Friends of UW Health, Healing Images materials are expected to be distributed to more than 300 Children's Hospital patients and families. Kohl's department store has also contributed to the Healing Images cause by donating a portion of the proceeds from sales of certain in-store items to the Children's Hospital.