I work in a program that does early intervention for children birth to three. We are a group of therapists and early childhood specialists who partner with families doing coaching in the home to support functional outcomes for young children and their parents.
This COVID stuff is knocking our socks off.
We are doing everything we are supposed to in order to keep our work space sanitized and ourselves healthy as we move in and out of our cars, homes, daycares and office spaces.
Some families are worried about us coming and so they call to defer their visits out of an abundance of caution – which is totally appropriate. But we’re trying to figure out ways to do Telehealth now that is HIPPA compliant in order to continue services.
Other families are so eager to see us that they don’t disclose health information we should have before we visit such as recent bouts of fever, coughs or achy bodies. We are having to make calls beforehand to ask about these things before we head out the door.
We know that children are little carriers of this virus and yet we also want to keep serving children and families as best we can for as long as we can. It is what is happening all across this country. But sorting through the most current information in order to send out letters, make phone calls, establish policy is exhausting! I’m so glad there is a team of us working together.
Meanwhile my husband monitors my supply of gloves, Purell, antibacterial soap, Clorox wipes and mask options.