As a part of the Child Life Program, the Family Teaching Program helps prepare parents and children for upcoming surgery. The program educates pediatric patients and their families what to bring to the hospital on the day of surgery, what will happen when he or she arrives and hopefully ease the stress of the surgical experience.
Who should attend the Family Teaching Program?
Any child having surgery at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital, along with his or her parent is welcome to attend the Family Teaching Program prior to the day of surgery.Patients and families having surgery at the hospital are encouraged to attend a pre-operative class.
What will we learn?
We teach your child about what to bring to the hospital on the day of surgery and what will happen when he or she arrives. Children learn about their surgery and hospital stay through age-appropriate hand-on activities and medical play.
Child Life Specialisst use patient puppets with real monitors and medical equipment to teach the child about his or her surgery, what is going to happen in the operating room and what to expect during the entire hospital stay.
We also prepare your child for going off to sleep before the surgery, and what will happen when he or she wakes up. Classes allow time for questions and lots of hands-on learning.
Patients and families will also take a tour of the pre-operative area and the recovery room.
Why should I attend a class with my child?
We have found that patients and parents who attend our classes are much better prepared for what to expect on the day of surgery. Children who attend a class know what will happen when they arrive at the hospital and this knowledge helps take away some of the fear of the unknown on the day of surgery. Each class is designed to specifically meet your child’s individual needs and ease the fears of his/her upcoming surgical experience.
Parents have told us that they also felt more comfortable knowing what to expect on the day of surgery and were better able to help their children because they had an answer to their child’s questions. Many of the parents who have attended classes have recommended it to other parents.
When are the classes held?
Classes are held every
- Tuesday and Thursday – 5:00 p.m.
- Wednesday – 2:00 p.m.
- Friday – 3:00 p.m.
- Saturday – 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Classes are designed to meet your child’s individual needs. All efforts are made to limit class size to one or two children of similar age per class. So, please call to schedule an appointment in advance.
Where are the classes held?
Classes take place in the Family Resource Center, located on the first floor of The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital.
How do I make an appointment for a class?
Call (732) 418-8045 for an appointment.
Is there a fee for the class?
No, the classes are free of charge.
Can I go with my child into the operating room?
We understand that you, as a parent, are the greatest source of comfort to your child. That is why our program gives you the opportunity to be with your child in the operating room for the beginning of anesthesia. This is available with prior approval from your child’s surgeon and anesthesiologist.