March 16, 2020 – Easterseals Southern California is in the process of transitioning our ABA (BHT) services to a telehealth platform. We anticipate this becoming available on Wed, March 18th.  To get the most accurate and up-to-date information, please reach out to your provider. If you have further problems you may email: networkproviderinfo@essc.org.

 

Example of Precautions by Treatment Provider
Your ABA, Speech/Occupational Therapist provider should be communicating with you on what specific precautions they are taking.  This is an example from Dream Big Children’s Center and ABA Services for their In-Home Services:
In this growing and restricted season of the COVID-19 virus, we want you to know that we support and care for your family.  We’re taking every precaution necessary and listening to information from the CDC at the moment. The CDC has recommended closing large group environments and some public spaces.
Here at Dream Big we have small group environments and we support groups one at a time. We will continue with all ABA services as normal until new notice is given.
We know that structure and consistency is important for the well-being of our children, and we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure that our children stay healthy and can continue to learn.
Here’s how we’ll support you in this time:
  • Our staff will have a daily health exam before reporting for Work. If you have any related symptoms, you will stay at home and reschedule the sessions.
  • We are asking that children with any symptoms (or anyone in the house that presents symptoms) cancel the sessions
  • Therapists will not take toys or materials to the play centers to avoid carrying germs.
  • If you want to add more hours due to the cancellation of other activities or your child’s school, we’d love to help.

While there is a lot of worry and fear, we have been cleared to continue learning and growing while taking all precautions necessary. We will continue to update you on our policies and procedures as the recommendations continue. We are in this together.

Don’t forget to play… even when things feel difficult.

The Dream Big Team 

INLAND RESPITE CLOSURE:
Parents and Providers,
Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Inland Respite has decided to follow the CDC and
other Health Official’s recommendation to self-isolate. Effective Monday, March 23, 2020
Inland Respite will cease all operations including in-home services. All branch offices and
corporate offices will be closed. The Agency is planned to re-open on Monday, April 6,
2020.

Respite Care Providers will not be able to visit consumers’ homes during this period.
– Payment will be offered during this time based on the average number of hours worked.
– Employees not enrolled in direct deposit will receive their checks via mail to their address
of record. (Update immediately if needed)
– Limited agency employees will be monitoring voicemails and emails periodically during
this period and will address call/messages based upon urgency. All other calls/messages
will be returned upon re-opening.
– Respite providers are encouraged to submit any paperwork electronically or hold it until
the reopening on April 6th. (Drop box will not be monitored)

Family’s services may be reinstated upon the re-opening of our agency on 4/6/2020. This
includes new services and interviews of workers as well a regularly scheduled respite
services.

The safety and wellbeing of our clients and providers is of the highest priority Inland
Respite. By keeping a safe distance from one another at this time, we can help to slow the
spread of COVID-19 and avoid putting a dangerous strain on our communities. The Agency
will keep in communication regarding any updates related to continued operations and
services.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. Be safe and be well.
Inland Respite, Inc.

 

Lucid Speech:

Dearest Lucid Families,

I am writing to inform you that effective immediately, Lucid Speech & Language Clinic, Inc. will be taking a break from in-person face-to face therapy sessions and assessments. We will however be starting telehealth video therapy sessions in just a couple of days. You will receive a call from your child’s office in which the front office staff will discuss if your specific insurance policy will allow your child to continue services with us using video during this emergency Covid-19 outbreak.

Lucid Speech

 

UNC team creates Online toolkit for those supporting autistic individuals during Covid-19 pandemic: A new online toolkit from an interdisciplinary team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will help families and caregivers supporting autistic individuals during the Covid-19 pandemic. https://afirm.fpg.unc.edu/supporting-individuals-autism-through-uncertain-times