Wish List Items

Children's Institute Wishlist Items

Make a wish come true!

You can make a direct and immediate impact on our amazing kids by donating an Amazing Wish List item! This list contains items that our kids need to reach their greatest potential.

Your donation will go toward the purchase of the wish item of your choice*. As a donor to The Children's Institute’s Amazing Wish List, you or your organization will be listed in Amazing Kids, our quarterly publication, and on our website.

For more information about donating funds for the purchase of an item(s) from The Amazing Wish List, please contact Emily Blume Hannon at 412-420-2204 or [email protected].

Donate one or more of the following amazing wishes:

R.E.A.L. Design Convert-Able Table - The Hospital
When treating patients of all different ages, heights, and needs, our Occupational Therapists need a sturdy, versatile work table for therapeutic activities and assessments. The R.E.A.L. Design Convert-Able Table, is height adjustable and can be angled horizontally and vertically. It provides an ample work surface with a base that accommodates wheelchairs and would replace two less responsive, non-adjustable tables. Your gift would make a real and significant impact on our many outpatients at the Squirrel Hill office!

Cost of Wish: $1,450; quantity needed: 1

The Standard Stadiometer - The Hospital
When our inpatients arrive at The Children's Institute, one of the first things we do when evaluating them is measure their individual heights to better determine their nutritional needs. The Standard Stadiometer from Perspective Enterprises will easily allow our nurses and physicians to do just that. Your gift will allow us to purchase three additional stadiometers for our inpatients at the Squirrel Hill hospital!

Cost of Wish: $450; quantity needed: 3        

Ultrasound - The Hospital
Developed by the Complete Speech Company, this biofeedback technology will significantly help our patients with speech and sound issues. Coupled with a new speech therapy treatment program called Smartpalate that we are currently using, this ultrasound will allow our patients to communicate more effectively in a shorter period of time and help them consistently practice sounds accurately without guessing. Inspire confidence in our patients by showing them their immediate progress during speech therapy sessions!

Cost of Wish: $1,700; quantity needed: 1

Suitmate Water Extractor - The Hospital
Currently, when a patient and caregiver finish an aquatic therapy session in our Squirrel Hill therapy pool, they are left with a wet swimsuit to transport home. For patients and their caregivers, this is a huge inconvenience, often causing other articles of clothing and contents in their bags, including written information from their therapists, to get wet. With the use of the Suitmate, the patient and caregivers will no longer have to worry about transporting a wet suit and damaging other accompanying materials. The Suitmate extracts 95% of the water in a wet swim suit in under 10 seconds. Give the gift of convenience by fulfilling this wish!

Cost of Wish: $2,000; quantity needed: 1
Design Wall - The Hospital
At our Wexford outpatient satellite, we wish to create a more welcoming, family-friendly and home-like waiting room environment for our patients and their families. By doing so, we hope to lessen the anxiety parents may feel when trying to entertain their children before or during therapy. The Design Wall will promote interactive play among the kids and their parents, helping to keep the children busy, occupied and happy. Our hope is to decrease the amount of chaos that can be present in our waiting space in an effort to allow other parents to enjoy a calm atmosphere in which they may read, sit quietly or enjoy a conversation with another adult. The Design Wall is a large Velcro wall that is designed to be wall mounted. The colorful Design Blocks are square, triangle and cylinder shaped blocks that easily attach to the Design Wall. The colorful blocks will provide opportunities for the children to create fun designs, and are made of a durable and soft material which are safe and easy to clean, sanitize and maintain. Ultimately, your gift will help us create a warm and friendly space for our children--one in which they can play, use their imagination, have fun and be a kid!

Cost of wish: $1,040; quantity needed: 1

Peabody Developmental Motor Scales Test Kits (PDMS) - The Hospital
The PDMS-2 is an early childhood motor development program that provides both an in-depth assessment and training or remediation of gross and fine motor skills for children from birth to 5 years of age. Used by both Occupational and Physical Therapists, the PDMS-FM-2 has excellent test-retest and inter-rater reliability for gross motor evaluation and good test-retest and inter-rater reliability for fine motor evaluation. Our Occupational and Physical Therapists rely up on the PDMS for initial assessment of skills and deficits in children from birth to 5 years of age. It is also utilized for re-assessment to direct ongoing therapy as well as for discharge planning. Please grant this wish so that more young children in our Squirrel Hill and Norwin Hills offices will be evaluated efficiently and reliably.

Cost of wish: $1, 200; quantity needed: 2 (each test kit is $600)

The Upper Body Excerciser Table -The Hospital (Wexford Satellite)
Our Occupational and Physical Therapists at Squirrel Hill currently use the Upper Body Exerciser as one of many tools to build upper body strength for functional activities of everyday life. Once strength is enhanced, patients can begin to use their arms and hands in more meaningful and functional therapy tasks. Our therapists at our Wexford satellite are in need of an Upper Body Exerciser to offer their patients this technology that will measure each child's own improvement from week to week when they themselves may not yet see an improvement in their ability to complete complex activities such as sports, musical lessons, or simply getting ready for school. Your gift will ensure that more children and young adults have the necessary tools they need to hope for and achieve success.

Cost of wish: $750; quantity needed: 1

Sleeper Sofa - The Hospital
For families of our inpatients, our Rehabilitation Apartment offers a home-like space that serves a variety of needs. Along with accomodating natural and organic family visits off of the nursing unit, the rehabilitation apartment can also be used for evaluations and therapy sessions. This compact sleeper sofa will not only allow us to accomodate overnight stays in the rehabilitation apartment for one adult family member and their child prior to discharge, but it will also serve as a non-institutional piece of furniture to practice balancing while sitting and to provide a comfortable space for families and patients. Please consider purchasing this item so that more families of our inpatients will enjoy a safe and comfortable space apart from the noise and activity of the hospital unit.

Cost of wish: $1,200; quantity needed: 1

Large Rifton Activity Chair - The Day School
In order to help our kids increase their independence and self-sufficiency, we are always trying to provide opportunities throughout the day to practice motor skills. The Rifton Activity Chair (R870) will allow our patients to learn functional sitting and motor skills while they actively participate in activities, tasks, and daily routines. With its versatile seating system and adjustable height, the chair will allow our students of different heights and weights to work on instructional activities at table height. This versatility also allows their feet to reach the floor to encourage transfer skills. Your gift will help our amazing kids reach an even greater level of independence.

Cost of wish: $4,105; quantity needed: 1
Miniwalk Gait Trainer – The Hospital

In The Hospital, we provide our amazing kids with tools and assurance to reach their fullest potential. The Miniwalk Gait Trainer will allow our patients with physical limitations to move around freely with minimal assistance from caregivers.  Your gift will grant our amazing kids the confidence to reach newfound strength and independence. 

Cost of wish:: $5,000; quantity needed:: 1 

 *If the final cost of an item is less than the amount contributed, any remaining funds will be dedicated to complementary needs or, if not possible, released into the general fund.

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