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 at 412-420-2204 or [email protected].

Donate one or more of the following amazing wishes:

iPad Mounting Device - The Hospital
Our Occupational Therapists are using patient iPads for motivation, structure, and environmental control during therapy, as well as to help families with strategies for use in their daily routines. An iPad mounting device will stabilize the device, while providing flexibility in where it is stabilized by attachment with a flexible arm. A patient will then be able to use the device while sitting at a table, erect in a stander, or in a bean bag chair at home. The mounting device will also assist therapists, patients, and families during therapy sessions. Please consider fulfilling this wish this holiday season!

Cost of wish: $350; 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

Storage Shelves - Project STAR
Thanks to our amazing donors, so many of our kids in the hospital, Day School, and Project STAR are frequently given in-kind donations. Our kids who receive foster care and adoption services through Project STAR often need clothes and toys as they begin their new life with a new family. When a donor offers a child or family these items, our Project STAR staff often store the items in our warehouse until the family is ready to use them. In order to keep them in order before we pass them along to a child and his or her new family, we need shelving in our warehouse. Your gift will serve a practical and organizational purpose so that ultimately, our families will be better equipped to take on the responsibilities of raising a new child.

Cost of Wish: $550 (for 8 shelves)

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 

Solar 3 D Wall Art

Our Wexford Satellite serves about 45 children daily, and would like to provide visitors with a child friendly and interesting waiting room. The wonder of space captures the curiosity of many; it's beautiful and full of mystery. This Solar 3D vinyl wall art, highlighting the beauty and wonder of the night sky, is just the ticket for turning time spent waiting into time spent exploring and having fun.


Cost of wish:: $4,000; 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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