Hospital therapists learn about ‘Healing Magic’ - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Hospital therapists learn about ‘Healing Magic’

SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) -

Therapists at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital could soon be teaching patients in a new way.

They spent Thursday afternoon hearing from Kevin Spencer, a world-renowned magician.

Spencer is the founder of a program called "Healing Magic."

The program empowers physical and occupational therapists with a motivational tool to show clients. The tricks can help patients reach new therapeutic goals.

"I believe arts can change and impact our community," Spencer said. "The arts can be combined with health."

While Spencer said he is living his dream of being a magician, he said it is important that he leaves an impact in each community he visits.

"The last thing I want to do is for my truck to pull away from the loading dock at the Civic Center and to not leave behind something in Lake Charles that's significant and meaningful," he said.

He said after being in therapy himself, he realized how boring it can be doing the same thing each day. He wanted to incorporate something fun to the therapy process.

Physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists were all a part of the in-service given by Spencer.

He taught the staff different magic tricks and explained how each trick can help a patient's condition.

"By using a simple rubber band trick we can help a client with motor skills in their hands, upper body movement, and we can help patients plan and sequence events in a better way."

Director of Physical Medicine Paula Koonce said, "I can't wait to use this! I am going to show my patients this afternoon."

Spencer handed out booklets that included tricks and techniques. He said the magic tricks performed have helped patients reach goals at a quicker pace.

"They give the patient a goal to reach and something to be proud of," Spencer said. "The tricks use motor skills and other skills that help therapy to be a fun experience."

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