COVID-19 has created significant upheavals for all, but its impact on children and families with special needs has been particularly challenging. At PALS, we understand the unique needs of our community and have remained open throughout the pandemic, serving patients and families in these complicated times.
As an Essential Business, we are able to offer in-person evaluations for our patients in compliance with the guidelines and directives set forth by the Department of Health (DOH) regarding a clean, safe work environment.
While the majority of our staff has spent most of their training and careers working in hospital settings, and already practice Universal Precautions, the current healthcare crisis has demanded we establish even stricter, safer rules of operation.
In order to continue to provide children and families with ongoing access to in-person evaluations, we will be following state and CDC guidelines, including:
While we prefer to conduct at least one session in person with all patients, remote testing, depending on chronological and/or developmental levels, can be highly effective. The majority of tests can be performed remotely, but it is important to note that a child’s developmental and attentional levels play a critical role in the evaluation process and can limit the extent of testing we offer. That said, we want to assure you that PALS always provides the highest level of clinical experience and evaluative tools when working remotely with children and their families. All our teleneuropsychology appointments are HIPAA compliant and ensure patient privacy.
Whether you opt for an in-person or remote evaluation, it should be noted that many aspects of the evaluation process, including parent interviews, questionnaires and general observation, can be done remotely, providing more flexibility for our families and reducing the time spent in the Suite.