Enlightening The Mind – SBUMC Pediatric Patients Receive 700+ Books Donated By Borders To Child Life Program
STONY BROOK, NY, JANUARY 27, 2009- The books are for children of various ages, from toddlers to teenagers. Some books for young children include themes on the seasons, animals, and fairly tales. Issues such as end of treatment and bereavement are discussed in some books. There are also books that feature inspiring stories, and others written in the Spanish language. Some of the books are also geared for family reading.
“This is such a wonderful gift from Borders that will greatly benefit so many of the pediatric patients at Stony Brook,” says Paulette Walter, M.A., C.C.L.S., of the Child Life Program. “The books can be used again and again, and for children who find something special about a certain book, the gift is theirs to keep.”
Through the Child Life Program at SBUMC, professionals provide therapeutic, educational, and recreational activities to meet the unique emotional and developmental needs of hospitalized children. Activities include medical play therapy, games, arts and crafts, as well as specialized programs such as animal assisted therapy, music therapy, birthday and holiday parties. For more information about the Child Life Program call 631-444-3840, or online athttp://www.stonybrookmedicalcenter.org/pediatrics/childlife/aboutus.cfm.