Art therapist Maria Fazzini uses creativity and a willing ear to improve the well-being of patients at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

As an art therapist, Fazzini is a mental health professional who offers the opportunity to draw, paint or use other materials so that young patients can feel more at home, more relaxed and -- in many cases -- more willing to express their anxieties.

The goal is to provide emotional support, says Fazzini, who gets referrals from the medical staff. Participation is voluntary, and the time per session varies according to the patient.

John Weeks talks about the sadness of the autumn leaf fall that is tempered by the wonderful colors and the knowledge of the beauty that lies ahead. He explains why leaves fall and the benefits of the yearly occurrence.