In our service-based field, we are in close contact with the children who are the beneficiaries and consumers of our services. At ABA Effects, we continue to monitor and provide up to date policies addressing COVID-19 precautions in accordance with guidance issued by the CDC, guidance issued by the Tennessee Department of Health, and guidance by the Shelby County Health Department.
We will provide communication regarding any changes to the guidance via email and/or text to our staff and clients. Additionally, we are posting this information on our website to provide public information about the clinical services we provide to children with autism and other medically fragile diagnoses. For full CDC guidance and to stay abreast of any changes to the guidance, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. For up-to-date information from Shelby County Health Department about coronavirus, please visit www.shelbytnhealth.com/coronavirus.
We encourage all staff to practice good hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases.
• Stay home if you are sick and advise others to do the same.
• Always sneeze or cough into a cloth or tissue or, if unavailable, into one’s arm.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands and touching others.
• Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and warm water are not available.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (computers, keyboards, desks, etc.).
As a pediatric clinical provider, ABA Effects will mandate that staff members do the following:
1. To determine if clients are free of symptoms or have had recent exposure, ask parents questions according to the script entitled Script for Pre-visit Health Questions.
2. Wash hands with soap and water upon entering the clinic and BEFORE working with your clients.
3. Wash hands intermittently throughout the day (scheduled once per hour).
4. Add handwashing protocols to all clients at the beginning of their clinical day (upon entering the clinic).
5. If there are clients that have maladaptive behavior of spitting, clinicians should wear a face mask as needed.
6. Disinfect any and all toys before and after usage.
7. Clean and wipe your workspace at the end of the day including computer and keyboards
8. Use hand sanitizer throughout the day including transitions between clients.
9. Clients should be prompted to sanitize hands as they transition between clinicians or rooms.
As a pediatric clinical provider, ABA Effects will require the following if there is a possibility of a case:
1. Effective immediately, the potentially exposed client/staff that exhibits signs or symptoms of illness (i.e. fever above 100.4, sore throat, coughing, nausea, diarrhea, etc.) will be sent home and may not return until they receive medical clearance from their primary physician.
2. ABA services and parent training maybe offered via Telehealth.
3. Due to the extreme concern we have for the fragile health of many of our children, their families, and staff, ABA Effects reserves the right to restrict children or staff members from returning to the clinic after an international and/or cruise trip or anyone who have traveled to any hotspots during an outbreak or pandemic. Restriction from ABA Effects facilities maybe for a 14-day quarantine to monitor the health of the individual and/or may require medical clearance to return to the facility.
Once heightened travel bans and restrictions have subsided, ABA Effects will make public notice of any change to the current policy.