Kindergartners at Dogwood Elementary School had the opportunity to play doctor to their ailing stuffed animals during a teddy bear clinic hosted by Stony Brook Hospital and their nursing students on Nov. 12.
The students learned about safety both in the car and when they are doing activities, such as bike riding, skateboarding and riding their scooter. Kristi Ladowski, injury prevention coordinator at the hospital, spoke to the students about injury prevention and the importance of keeping safe in the car. She also demonstrated how wearing a helmet during sports and other activities can help reduce the risk of injuries.
Dressed in their masks and gloves, the students then acted as the caregiver for their stuffed animals, helping to diagnose their ailment, treat and bandage their wounds and give them after-care instructions.