Teddy Bear Clinic

Sylvan Avenue Elementary School’s kindergarten students had a lesson on personal safety when they took part in a Teddy Bear Clinic sponsored by the Division of Trauma and Emergency Medicine at Southside Hospital Northwell Health.

During the injury prevention program, the students learned about proper transportation safety – both while riding in a car and on a bicycle. Additionally, they had the chance to act as emergency doctors to their favorite stuffed toys. The kindergartners learned the proper way to secure a bandage and about the steps trained professionals take when tending to real wounds.

The use of the teddy bears and other stuffed animals is believed to help ease a child’s fears and anxiety about similar types of real-world medical situations.