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SwedishAmerican turns to adult coloring books for patients


Coloring books are making a comeback but not for just kids, for adults too.

Now SwedishAmerican Hospital is jumping on the craze. It hosted it's first Grown Up Coloring Book Gathering in honor of National Coloring Book Day on Tuesday.

However, art therapists at Swedes were not initially sold on coloring books for therapy. At first they thought staying in the lines would limit patients turning to art to relax but therapists say coloring books are a different kind of art.

"Whereas if you give them a blank piece of paper, they would say 'I can't draw, I can't do this, I'm not going to even try,'" Art Therapist and Counselor Deb Schwarze said. "But with coloring pages, we all practically colored as a child and so it brings back some of those memories, which for many can be calm and relaxing."

Swedes says it plans to host more coloring book therapy sessions for patients.

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