We work with families and children who struggle with anxiety and feeling safe in the world. I also volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corp in Denton County and know some of the plans that we have in place to help in these types of situations. This focus has led me to keep abreast of the scientific community’s suggestions about responses to CoVid19 and I wanted to share some of our planning at Acorn. Want to find out what is out there about CoVid19 and how you can respond? Here are 2 websites that I am looking at frequently:
Our Prevention Plans
1. Our parents are great about keeping sick kids at home. Our staff promises to stay home if we are contagious [have a fever] and we ask that all adults who are contagious stay home as well. Get better and come on in! We can arrange video conferencing if necessary to continue treatment. [See below]
2. When I get in the office, I spray disinfectant on all frequently touched surfaces in the waiting room and bathroom.
3. We have hand sanitizer if necessary, but we request that everyone wash hands before session. This will be evolving as the information evolves but always feel free to wash your hands in our kitchen, bathroom or play room. Also, toys that are played with will be sanitized with a two bucket system.
What happens if there is a quarantine?
1. Even the countrywide quarantine in Italy allows people to seek healthcare. We provide healthcare, so you would be able to attend your sessions no matter what. Please remember that situations like this can exacerbate mental health issues. Missing or reducing your mental health appointments is not recommended. See the CDC’s advice about Mental Health and Coping during CoVid19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/coping.html
2. Most sessions can be done online, if requested. Please fill out the informed consent for your clinician [Dr. Pam Mrs Christy] and follow these simple instructions to set up your online session. Scheduling works the same as always except you might remind us to send you a link to our RingCentral Schedule.
3. The information I have is that children are less susceptible to the virus. Given that and the difficulty of doing play therapy in a telehealth setting, most of our play clients will continue to be in person. Please contact your provider if you have a concern about this. (Update: Please keep kids home or in the car who are not coming to therapy.)
Anxiety is a healthy emotion. It helps us to pay attention to danger and to make a safety plan and keep to it. However, like all good things it can get out of control. If you find yourself focusing on this to the exclusion of other things, if you are constantly searching for the next theory of what is happening, or thoughts of this effect your daily life, please contact us. We can help you make a safety plan that is evidence based and keep your anxiety to the appropriate and helpful level.