IN-CLINIC PRECAUTIONS

Staff Requirements

Each day, staff members complete a temperature check and symptom review. Staff registering temperatures of 100.4 degrees or greater, or those who are positive for three or more symptoms are immediately sent home. Staff members are also required to report any exposure to other individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 and must quarantine if exposed (except when working in a healthcare setting and wearing site-sanctioned PPE). All staff must comply with Massachusetts' travel ban guidelines. 

All staff members wear facemasks at all times while in proximity of clients and other staff members. Clients are encouraged to wear masks. Face shields are worn by treating therapists when a client cannot tolerate a mask or cannot wear a mask properly. Staff wash hands regularly throughout the day. 

All meals occur at designated workstations, spaced at least six feet from others. No candy, gum or other food is consumed while a therapist is working with a client. Water consumption must occur at least six feet away from others, and spills are cleaned immediately.

Please note:  As this is a developing situation, policies and procedure are subject to change. Project CHILLD commits to communicating any changes that arise with clients and families.

Facility Procedures

In addition to regular equipment sanitizing performed by staff, the clinic is professionally cleaned nightly. An electrostatic cleaning is performed each week.

HEPA air purifiers have been installed in all offices and enclosed treatment rooms. The Cummings facility has adjusted HVAC systems to allow for the maximal amount of air exchange and is changing HVAC filters on a regular basis. All possible windows are opened each day.

Service-Specific Procedures

Project CHILLD is currently offering in-person occupational therapy, speech & language therapy, neurofeedback and integrated sound therapy. Click to read about the specific safety precautions we have implemented for each service.

 

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists pick up and drop off clients outside of the building. All clients undergo a temperature check and symptom review and must verify that they have acted in accordance with Massachusetts' travel ban guidelines prior to entering the building. Clients registering temperatures of 100.4 degrees or greater, and those who are positive for three or more symptoms, cannot participate in in-person services. Clients who have traveled outside of the safe zone and have not quarantined or obtained a negative COVID-19 test result must complete sessions via telehealth.

 

Scheduling has been staggered to limit the number of clients in the clinic at one time. Clients remain in separate areas of the clinic, and there is no peer play. All equipment, toys and utensils are used by one client only (with the exception of siblings) before being cleaned, sanitized, or removed for a set period of days based on individual material types. No equipment is shared or reused without proper sanitizing. Large therapy pillows are sprayed with disinfectant after each client's use, and pillow covers are removed and laundered each night.

Both therapists and clients wash hands before, during and after treatment sessions. Therapists wear a facemask at all times while treating. Clients are encouraged to wear masks. When clients cannot tolerate a mask, or cannot properly wear a mask, the treating therapist wears a face shield in addition to a mask. Client water breaks are performed at least six feet away from other individuals.

Certain therapy materials have been removed to promote safety and reduce the spread of germs. The following is a brief list of materials, equipment and activities currently unavailable to clients:

  • Oral motor tools (whistles, chewies, straws)**

  • Food

  • Ball pits

  • Rice bins

  • Play-Doh, kinetic sand, therapy putty

  • Cooking/baking items and activities

  • Stuffed animals

**Oral motor tools have been removed from common areas and may only be used by one client at a time in a designated, closed treatment space equipped with a HEPA air filter. Accompanying therapist must wear face mask and face shield in the oral motor area.

Please contact us for more information about occupational therapy services.

 

 

Speech & Language Therapy

Speech therapists pick up and drop off clients outside of the building. All clients undergo a temperature check and symptom review and must verify that they have acted in accordance with Massachusetts' travel ban guidelines prior to entering the building. Clients registering temperatures of 100.4 degrees or greater, and those who are positive for three or more symptoms, cannot participate in in-person services. Clients who have traveled outside of the safe zone and have not quarantined or obtained a negative COVID-19 test result must complete sessions via telehealth.

Speech therapy sessions are conducted in private treatment rooms, equipped with clear, plexiglass barriers on treatment tables for use as needed. A HEPA air purifier is used continuously throughout the day in each speech therapy room, and all windows are opened during business hours.

Both therapists and clients wash hands before, during and after treatment sessions. Therapists wear a facemask at all times while treating. Clients are encouraged to wear masks. When clients cannot tolerate a mask, or cannot properly wear a mask, the treating therapist wears a face shield in addition to a mask. 

All equipment, toys and utensils are used by one client only before being cleaned, sanitized, or removed for a set period of days based on individual material types. No equipment is shared or reused without proper sanitizing.

Certain therapy materials have been removed to promote safety and reduce the spread of germs. The following is a brief list of materials, equipment and activities currently unavailable to clients:

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  • Ball pits

  • Rice bins

  • Play-Doh, kinetic sand, therapy putty

  • Cooking/baking items and activities

  • Stuffed animals

Please contact us​ for more information about speech & language therapy services.

 

Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback clients enter the clinic through the hallway door. All clients, and any accompanying parties, undergo a temperature check and symptom review and must verify that they have acted in accordance with Massachusetts' travel ban guidelines prior to entering the clinic. Individuals registering temperatures of 100.4 degrees or greater, those who are positive for three or more symptoms, and those who have traveled outside of the safe zone and have not quarantined or obtained a negative COVID-19 test result, cannot enter the clinic.

The neurofeedback room is equipped with a HEPA air filter that is run continuously throughout the day. 

The neurofeedback therapist washes hands before and after each session and applies sanitizer before and after applying or removing electrodes. The therapist wears a mask at all times. Clients are encouraged to wear masks. When clients cannot tolerate a mask, or cannot properly wear a mask, the treating therapist wears a face shield in addition to a mask.

Client chairs consist of materials that can be wiped down or sanitized, or a single-use towel is placed over the chair. Towels are removed and replaced after each client and properly laundered before re-use. Chairs are sanitized after each session.

The following items are sanitized after each session:

  • Electrodes

  • Amplifier box

  • 10-20 electrode paste tub

  • NuPrep tube

  • Therapist keyboard, mouse and desk

  • Light switch

  • Door knob

  • Client chair

Please contact us​ for more information about neurofeedback services.

 

Integrated Sound Therapy

Integrated sound therapy clients enter the clinic through the hallway door. All clients, and any accompanying parties, undergo a temperature check and symptom review and must verify that they have acted in accordance with Massachusetts' travel ban guidelines prior to entering the clinic. Individuals registering temperatures of 100.4 degrees or greater, those who are positive for three or more symptoms, and those who have traveled outside of the safe zone and have not quarantined or obtained a negative COVID-19 test result, cannot enter the clinic.

Scheduling has been staggered to limit the number of clients in the clinic at one time. Clients remain in separate areas of the clinic, and there is no peer play. All equipment, toys and utensils are used by one client only (with the exception of siblings) before being cleaned, sanitized, or removed for a set period of days based on individual material types. No equipment is shared or reused without proper sanitizing. Large therapy pillows are sprayed with disinfectant after each client's use, and pillow covers are removed and laundered each night. Headphones are sanitized after each session, and client headbands are stored in individual, sealed containers.

Both therapists and clients wash hands before, during and after treatment sessions. Therapists wear a facemask at all times while treating. Clients are encouraged to wear masks. When clients cannot tolerate a mask, or cannot properly wear a mask, the treating therapist wears a face shield in addition to a mask. Client water breaks are performed at least six feet away from other individuals.

Certain therapy materials have been removed to promote safety and reduce the spread of germs. The following is a brief list of materials, equipment and activities currently unavailable to clients:

  • Oral motor tools (whistles, chewies, straws)**

  • Food

  • Ball pits

  • Rice bins

  • Play-Doh, kinetic sand, therapy putty

  • Cooking/baking items and activities

  • Stuffed animals

**Oral motor tools have been removed from common areas and may only be used by one client at a time in a designated, closed treatment space equipped with a HEPA air filter. Accompanying therapist must wear face mask and face shield in the oral motor area.

Please contact us​ for more information about integrated sound therapy services.

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500 Cummings Center Suite #3850 Beverly, MA 01915

Tel: (978) 232-0332

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