Updates - Bierman ABA
Updates2020-08-10T15:06:45+00:00

Updates for Families

We are continuing to accept new clients at most of our locations.

In response to COVID-19, we are also offering limited free/ pro bono remote services to families unable to access ABA.

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Our Safety Focus

Bierman ABA has created a multi-level plan for a safe environment that protects our children, families, and team from risks connected to COVID-19. We understand the complexity of the problem and have responded with resources, policies, and procedures to promote safety based on expert guidelines to ensure a safe, supportive environment that minimizes the risk of exposure. Some of the elements include:

  • A 1:1 model that better enables focus on distancing.

  • Providing a 1-to-1 ratio of behavior techs to clients allowing us to limit exposure, sanitize individual learning spaces and wash hands frequently.

  • Providing frequent outdoor breaks (when possible): allowing clients to spend more time outside of the center, engaging in structured play while maintaining safe distances from others

  • Creating dedicated therapy spaces and materials for each client to limits exposure to items touched by others

  • Sanitizing client therapy spaces between and throughout sessions

  • Assigning an individual to sanitize high-traffic areas throughout the day

  • Reducing cross-exposure by assigning staggered drop-off and pick-up times

  • Implementing staggered lunch times and separate lunch areas to limit exposure

  • Screening symptoms with a daily checklist for each client and team member before or as they enter the building

Our Safety Plan and Priorities During Covid-19

The past several months have been unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. We continue to work hard to evolve so we can continue to provide the best support to the families we serve and the members of our team. We want to continue to provide children with the best care possible, even if it may look a little different than it has in the past. As states begin to reopen, we’d like to share an update on how we are planning to transition back to the centers safely.

As always, safety is our top priority. Every decision made was through the lens of protecting the health of our families and team members. To create an environment that is safe for everyone, we will be taking a phased approach to returning to the centers.
We’ve created this short video that discusses our approach to opening and details on how we’re making our centers safe.

General Information About COVID-19

Bierman ABA has created this COVID-19 resource to provide up-to-date information for our team and families receiving services. Communication is critical at this time and we will update this website whenever new information is available and changes are needed.

FAQs for Bierman ABA Families

What can I do to help maintain a safe working environment for Bierman ABA staff?2020-06-17T18:16:22+00:00

If you are receiving in-home ABA, please maintain a safe environment by implementing all required disease prevention procedures, including frequent surface sanitation. During this unprecedented time, communication is critical and we request families openly communicate openly with your child’s team to address any health-related concerns. Additionally, it is recommended that your child’s team members should be allowed to wash their hands regularly when in your home.

In light of the declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic, we must err on the side of caution and postpone or discontinue sessions if any symptoms are present. Thank you for your understanding, and please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

What if some in my home has had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19?2020-06-17T18:16:37+00:00

If someone in your home has been exposed to a person with COVID-19, immediately notify your center. The CDC recommends anyone who has been exposed to a COVID-19 virus should quarantine themselves for a period of two weeks. If someone in your household is self-quarantined, services must be suspended until that quarantine is lifted and all members of the household are symptom-free for the recommended duration.

When should I reschedule or cancel sessions?2020-06-17T18:15:49+00:00

Please cancel services if the child or anyone living in the home is showing symptoms of an illness, from the common cold to the flu. Services should not begin until symptoms of acute respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath) and/or fever (100.4 ° F or higher with oral thermometer) have occurred for at least 24 hours.

Have a question – Give us a call!

During this transition time, if you have a question or need related to your child’s program, or other clinical topics, we have set up an internal hotline for you to cal. No question is too big or too small – communication is critical in these times.

Precautions being take by Bierman ABA to minimize risk

  • Any non-critical gatherings, tours, classes or events have been cancelled or postponed.

  • All staff are directed to not come into work if they are feeling or displaying any symptoms, and to seek medical treatment as needed.

  • Any staff member displaying symptoms will be sent home. Staff must be symptom and fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of medication (e.g., cough suppressant, fever reducer, over the counter, etc.) before returning to the workplace.

  • All have been asked to inform Human Resources of any travel outside of our regions within the past 2 weeks. Staff must also report any participation in festivals, concerts, or other potentially high-risk gatherings. Quarantines may be imposed for high risk areas or activities.

  • All staff are directed to practice social distancing (no handshakes, 6 feet apart, etc.).

Parent / Caregiver Updates Archive

We are trying to stay up to date with a rapidly changing situation. You will find all of our parent communications archived here.

Thank you for your flexibilty in this time of rapid change.

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