Guidelines for Donations and Entertainers
Thank you for your interest in the pediatric patients of Stony Brook University Medical Center. Through the efforts of concerned individuals and groups, hospitalization can become a more positive and pleasant experience for children and their families.
Music, magic or storytelling performances are the most successful.
The audience of children is usually between two and eighteen years old.
Activities where children can be involved are the most successful.
Performances should be no longer than 30 minutes.
Please do not incorporate the following themes: religion, death, separation, or abandonment.
Costumes should not be frightening. It is best when the face of the costumed character can be seen.
Because their medical conditions require that some children remain in their beds, activities should be adaptable from a group setting to the bedside.
It is the responsibility of the Child Life Staff to screen all gifts for age appropriateness and safety. Gifts should not be wrapped but can have a bow or label identifying the donor.
The pediatric unit has 49 beds, however we ask you prepare for 50 children so that children admitted later in the day can feel a part of that days’ activities.
Though the census changes on a daily basis, it is helpful to plan for the following:
10 infants (0-2 years)
15 toddlers (2-5 years)
15 school age (5-10 years)
10 preadolescents (10-13 years)
10 teens (13-18 years)
It is easiest if the gifts can be given to either a girl or a boy. On occasion we have young adults, 18-22 years of age.
Please be aware of the following restrictions:
NO food items
NO toys with violent themes
NO dolls with removable limbs or eyes
NO latex balloons (Mylar balloons are OK)
Only new toys in original wrapping please.
Please see suggestions at the bottom of the page. If you have any questions regarding your choice of gifts, please contact the Child Life Office at 631/ 444-3840
VISITING WITH HOSPITALIZED CHILDREN
The reactions of hospitalized children may differ from those of healthy children. Expressions of appreciation or affection may be restrained. For infection control reasons as well as space limitations, we must limit groups to no more then six people at one time.
Talk to children about their hobbies and interests or comment on some of the things in their room. Avoid asking questions about why they are in the hospital, how long they have been here or when they are going home.
When approaching the children, move slowly and bend down to their level. This will allow the child to decide how much they wish to interact with you. If they show any sign of resistance, just move away slowly.
A member of the Child Life Staff will escort you on the unit at all times. Visitors will not be allowed in isolation rooms, however the Child Life Specialist can take a gift to the child and entertainers can often perform at the doorway. At times there may be unpredictable situations on the pediatric unit that may create an environment inappropriate for visitors. If cancellation is necessary, every effort will be made to reschedule your visit.
Donations may be made directly to the Child Life Program’s Activity Room.
Please contact the office to make arrangements for delivery. 631/444-3840
|Suggestions for gift items to be distributed |
on the pediatric unit may include:
Musical crib toys
Small stuffed animals (no removable eyes)
|Stuffed toys (no removable eyes) |
Books on tape
Fisher Price, Little Tikes or Playskool items
|SCHOOL AGE ||TEENAGERS|
Arts and Crafts kits
|Comic Books |
Crossword puzzle, word search books
Hand-held video games
Cosmetics (nail polish)
|Restrictions include the following:||The following items are |
always greatly appreciated:
Specific items needed at this time:
Flannel sleeping pants Boxers for boys Journals I Spy Books