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314.953.1969 or wingsonwheels@bjc.org

Wings on Wheels (W.O.W.) is a mobile expres sive therapy and music therapy program for individuals, families and groups affected by illness or loss.

WOW supports children, teens and young adults through the use of two vehicles that travel throughout the metro St. Louis area and surrounding counties in Illinois. WOW team members work in the community visiting individuals, families and groups at family homes, schools, places of worship and other local organizations.

Download the W.O.W Brochure.

Listen to the radio interviews with Jennifer Lang, BJC Hospice expressive therapist, to learn about the Wings on Wheels program.

WOW Missouri is an expressive therapy program that is run by a licensed professional counselor.

Expressive arts therapy involves using creative activities such as visual arts, movement, and writing to foster personal growth, emotional expression, and healing. Expressive therapy interventions include (but are not limited to):

Art

BJC Hospice Wings On Wheels
  • Therapeutic drawing or painting
  • Collage and mask making
  • Memory box making

Play

  • Sandtray
  • Therapeutic games
  • Puppets and imaginative play

Bibliotherapy and Writing

  • Reading and discussing therapeutic books
  • Journaling
  • Poetry
  • Letter writing

Movement and Music

  • Music for relaxation
  • Deep breathing and stretching

WOW Illinois is a music therapy focused program that is run by a board certified music therapist.

Music therapy professionals use music to provide avenues for communication and emotional expression/processing, especially when words are hard to find. Music therapists lead interventions that include (but are not limited to):

Therapeutic songwriting

  • Creating an original song with participants for memory making and emotional expression

Lyric analysis/song discussion

  • Using elements of songs to discuss experiences, feelings and promote healing

Group drumming or instrument play

  • Using musical improvisation through drumming and instrument play as an outlet for emotions

Musical stories

  • Creating a musical story through instrument play, songs, and/or spoken stories to convey and process thoughts and feelings

The Goals Of The Wow Program For Children, Teens And Young Adults Include:

  • Providing support for individuals, families, and groups who are impacted by life-limiting or terminal illness or who have experienced the death of someone significant to any cause (not only hospice related deaths)
  • Creating a safe place to identify, express, and process emotions and thoughts surrounding the illness or loss
  • Encouraging development of healthy coping strategies and increasing resiliency
  • Facilitating meaningful communication and encouraging a positive shared experience through verbal and non-verbal methods

Donations from the Friends of Wings and the community allow this service to be provided free of charge.

For WOW Missouri call 314.953.1969 or e-mail WingsOnWheels@bjc.org

For WOW Illinois call 618.463.7779 or email wow.il@bjc.org

Pediatric Advance Care Team (PACT)

The Pediatric Advance Care Team (PACT) at St. Louis Children’s Hospital cares for patients diagnosed with many life-threatening illnesses, such as neuromuscular disease, heart disease, infectious disease, pulmonary conditions, cancer, genetic or metabolic conditions or transplant.

One of the most important aspects of palliative care is not just for when a child is near the end of life or when curative treatment ends. It can start early in the course of care, which allows for a relationship to build between The PACT and the family.
Dr. Joanie Rosenbaum, Medical Director