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Meet Some of the Children of ALYN Hospital

Coping with cancer and the side effects of treatment

Ro'i and his mother play a card game while the ALYN Hospital physiotherapist corrects his stance and supports his ability to maintain his balance.
Ro'i and his mother play a card game while the ALYN Hospital physiotherapist corrects his stance and supports his ability to maintain his balance.
An ALYN Hospital occupational therapist supervises Ro'i in cooking therapy, which encourages children to sharpen their fine motor skills through mixing, sifting, scooping, cutting, measuring, pouring and a myriad of other techniques. The best part comes at the end - eating the yummy food!
One of Ro'i's favorite activities at ALYN Hospital - and one of the most effective - is hydrotherapy. The buoyancy of the water works against gravity, making standing and walking easier, while at the same time the resistance of the water is used to exercise a child's weakened muscles.
30 July, 2017

For many years, children who had completed cancer treatment - chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery - had come to ALYN Hospital for rehabilitation in order to regain the strength and functioning that had been lost due to the the debilitating effects of the disease and the unwarranted side effects of the treatment.

However, as is the way of ALYN Hospital's therapists who continuously strive to provide the best care possible for the children they treat, a number of years ago the idea arose to begin a rehabilitation program of physical, occupational, speech and psychological therapy at the start of the cancer treatment - sometimes even on the very first day - before the negative effects of the treatment set in.

Today, this approach has become the standard at ALYN Hospital for children undergoing any kind of cancer treatment, and without a doubt it has served to help these children stay strong on all levels - physical and emotional - while fighting the battle to stay alive.