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 Lauren Vermilion at 412.420.2204 or [email protected].

Donate one or more of the following amazing wishes:

Rifton Activity Chair – The Day School
At The Day School, we enable our students to become as independent as possible. This takes a lot of practice and the right equipment, like the Rifton Activity Chair. This versatile chair can provide our students with the perfect height to work or eat at a table, and can be lowered to practice transferring skills. Give our kids the opportunity to reach their greatest potential by donating today!

Cost of wish:: $3,865; quantity needed:: 1

Suite of 5 iPads with Heavy Duty Protective Cases – The Hospital
Amazing kids in The Hospital often have special communication needs. With the latest tablet technology, they can share their thoughts in a way they would have imagined. If granted, these five iPads would be shared throughout The Hospital and used as a motivational learning tool. Enclosed in special protective cases, these lightweight devices can be used time and time again, while staff members explore educational "apps" to make learning and communicating less of an obstacle with our amazing kids.

Cost of wish:: $3,240; quantity needed:: 1 suite

Leiter-3 International Performance Scale kit and booklets – The Hospital
Our psychology department is always working on new ways to understand our complex population. Leiter-3 is a test that feels like a game and holds our amazing kids’ interest while identifying strengths and areas of improvement. This test allows families and staff to track their developmental gains over time. Help our amazing kids reach their greatest potential by granting this wish!

Cost of wish:: $1,249; quantity needed:: 1

Spikeball Game Set – The Hospital
Spikeball is a game with rules like volleyball that children with various abilities can play and enjoy. If donated, this game will be used in both group and individual therapy.  Your donation can help develop essential skills for our amazing kids to reach their greatest potential.

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


8 Televisions, DVDs players and Cable for Heasley House – The Hospital
The Marie Reinhardt Heasley House provides a special "home away from home" for families of inpatients at The Hospital. Located on our Squirrel Hill campus it is an eight bedroom, wheelchair-accessible home that can accommodate up to eight families.  Unfortunately, the Heasley House doesn’t have cable or private TVs and DVD players.  Give our amazing families the opportunity to relax by granting this wish! 

Cost of wish:: $3,000; quantity needed:: 1 set of 8


*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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