For pediatric patients of all ages, there are activity rooms on the 11th and 12th floors. Play is essential to normal growth, learning and development in children. For a child in the hospital, play also allows for normalcy in the chaos of illness and assists in distraction from pain, trauma and anxiety. The activity rooms are "safe" spaces because no procedures, consults or exams are allowed there.
Multisensory rooms are used for children with developmental disabililties and for pediatric rehabilitation. The room allows pediatric patients to interact with their environment through sensory input. The materials and equipment in the room are controlled by the therapist to meet the individualized needs of each patient. The goal of the sensory stimulation is to:
- Promote relaxation and enjoyment
- Relieve pain and distress
- Provide developmentally supportive activities that enhance behavioral, cognitive and physiological outcomes
- Maximize therapeutic interventions
The Golisano Children's Hospital is the first children's hospital to have an inpatient multisensory room in the United States.