Archive for May, 2007

Elementary school literacy coach responds to drumming experience

To build support for the drumming study at Napa Street Elementary School, we held a luncheon and drumming experience for the entire staff of the school at Remo Recreation Center in North Hollywood. Karen Stafford, Literacy Coach at Napa Street Elementary School, responded with the following feedback:

I wanted to tell you how wonderful the drumming was. I had a blast. I really felt energized when I usually feel tired! It was fabulous. I also wanted to share a wonderful experience that I had had during my college years. I was in my final semester of student teaching, taking 21 units, and terribly stressed. That goes without saying. I had to take a 1 unit art class—so I took a pottery clay class one day per week. Because the good potters hogged the wheels, I was left to work with the clay making objects, sculpture, etc. I forget the required time that I had to put in for the one unit; however, I remember staying 3 hours extra each time because it was so relaxing. It was an unbelievable experience for me. I would walk out of there like a limp noodle. I know it works—from experience.

Tai chi benefits headaches

A UCLA study citing the benefits of tai chi for those who suffer from tension headaches was highlighted April 28 by the Hindustan Times (India) and April 27 by United Press International. Dr. Ka-Kit Hui, director of the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, was quoted in the UPI story. “Tai Chi Helps with Tension Headaches” Chinese exercise – Tai Chi – may relieve tension headache in adults

Art therapy helps patients cope with cancer

Channel 7 Spotlights Art Therapy Group

KABC-Channel 7 aired a May 2 story on the Healing Through Art Therapy group at UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center. An exhibit will feature the works of 16 cancer patients and survivors who took part in the group, which is offered as part of the integrative oncology program at the Ted Mann Family Resource Center. The piece quoted Anne Coscarelli, Mann center director; art therapist Esther Dreifuss-Kattan; and a cancer survivor. The future art exhibit was also cited April 29 in the Los Angeles Daily News.

“Art Therapy Helps Patients Cope with Cancer”

“Survivors Testimony is Beyond Words”