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Helping Young Kids Thrive During Covid-19

April 7th, 2020

As the country experiences a time of crisis from the novel coronavirus, kids are not exempt from feelings of confusion or insecurity. It is important for kids to feel safe and secure while we strive to keep their bodies healthy during this pandemic. Here are some tips for parents and caregivers as they work to ensure that their kids stay healthy in both mind and body.

1. Communicate. For younger kids and kids with ASD, it may be a good idea to implement visual tools to explain why they have to stay at home. We like this free printable social story for explaining the virus. Reassure kids that these changes in their routine won’t last forever.

2. Teach good hygiene. The CDC recommends these practices for staying healthy during the Covid-19 crisis. Teaching good hand-washing skills is imperative. For kids, we really like social stories like this one to print and hang near the sink. Also, try singing some fun songs for 20 seconds to ensure that right amount of time is spent washing.

Kids should stay home right now, but if they have to be in public for medical treatment of grocery shopping kids over two may wear a mask. There are many DIY options for making protective face wear, but please remember that babies and toddlers under 2 years-old should not wear masks.

3. Establish a routine. Most kids have experienced a disruption in their routine lately. While all children thrive with routine, kids with ASD may be more negatively impacted by the changes. While strict schedules are not usually necessary, it is a good idea to find a routine that works and stick with it. You can read more about our suggestions for quarantine routine here

4. Take advantage of telemedicine. Siskin Children’s Institute, along with many other offices across the nation have transitioned to telemedicine. It is important to continue any therapies or treatments your child typically receives. Reach out to your child’s healthcare provider for more information on telemedicine.

CONTENT PROVIDED BY: Rachel Green, Home and Community-Based Early Intervention

Posted by Siskin Admin  | Category: Coronavirus, Kids, Wellness
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The Early Learning Center (ELC) will reopen its doors for business on Monday, June 15, 2020.
Temporary business hours for the ELC will be from 8:00a to 5:00p.

In order to reopen the ELC, we have enhanced our safety and health measures to help mitigate the potential risk of COVID-19. These enhanced safety measures were developed based on the guidance provided by the CDC as well as other guidelines issued at the state and local levels. All parents and families will receive packets with detailed information regarding our COVID-19 safety measures to protect their children and our staff.

Developmental Pediatrics and Therapy Services in both our Chattanooga and Nashville locations are now allowing limited in-person services by appointment only. Walk-ins are currently not available and access to our clinics is only allowed if you have passed our comprehensive screening process, detailed in patient appointment communications. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment please call. 

Telehealth Services Available! We continue to provide medical and therapy services, including applied behavior analysis and home and community-based early intervention therapy, via tele-health during this time. Contact your provider for a referral today or visit our telehealth page for more information.

Institute leadership, with the guidance of our medical and therapy teams has implemented a for precautionary/sanitation protocols, staff training, and patient traffic flow measures to protect our patients, families, and staff. This is a multi-phased approach to mitigate risks associated with COVID-19. Phase one of this plan has already been executed and all patients, families, and staff have been notified or trained. We will announce enhancements to our reintegration plan over the next weeks and months based on the guidance provided by local and state health departments and the CDC. 

For more information on how Siskin Children's Institute is addressing this health concern and links to important information locally, regionally, and nationally, including information about how to talk to your children about Coronavirus, and additional resources in the Chattanooga and Nashville areas, click HERE.

Prescription Refills or Questions? Click HERE for the Athena Patient Portal or Call the Nurse Line 423.490.7734. Please visit the Athena Patient Portal on our website and read our recently Updated Prescription Policy before calling the number above.

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