You may have heard that horses and dogs help brain injury survivors, but did you know caterpillars and butterflies can help too? In an article written by Amy Luke for Poughkeepsie Journal, we learn residents of he Northeast Center for Rehabilitation and Brain Injury “take part in the setup and care of 80 caterpillars as they transform into painted lady butterflies. While participants are watching the caterpillars change, participants become more observant of their own mental and physical changes and have opportunities to discuss them. They learn strategies to adapt and overcome ups and downs occurring along the path to recovery, realizing that like the caterpillars, they must embrace change.”
“Once the butterflies hatch out of their chrysalises, they are reunited with nature in a way similar to how participants strive to reunite with their families and community.”
Thanks to Amy Luke for writing the article; Poughkeepsie Journal for committing its resources to publishing the article Jennifer Davies for contributing her picture to the article; Google for helping me find the article; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture and text I used in this post.