Waiting Room Play
The Hospital Education Program (HEP) recognizes that waiting rooms can be places of stress and boredom for children and families. To help turn waiting into a pleasurable experience, the HEP offers supervised play in the waiting room at the Primary Care Center and in the Atrium at the Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center. Children are encouraged to play with trains, puzzles, blocks, and other toys. Opportunity for medical play is provided. Art is also emphasized in the waiting areas with daily projects. Weekly activities orchestrated through the HEP's art therapy and music therapy programs bring additional opportunities for fun and relaxation.
Reading aloud to children is another important focus of the HEP's waiting room programming. HEP staff read aloud daily to children and siblings. In conjunction with REACH OUT AND READ, which is a national literacy program, volunteers at the Primary Care Center also assist in modeling read-aloud techniques to parents and in providing children in the waiting area with listening enrichment opportunities.
Persons interested in volunteering at the University of Virginia Children's Hospital should contact the Office of Volunteer Services at (434) 924-5251.
All HEP services are free to children and their families. For additional information, contact (434) 924-2658.