How ABA is an Essential Business 

In March 2020 Governor Priztker's executive order identified several industries that are considered to be essential.  Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) falls under the Human Services Operations, and is defined as any provider funded by DHS, DCFS or Medicaid; long-term care facilities; home-based and residential settings for adults, seniors, children, and/or people with disabilities or mental illness; transitional facilities; field offices for food, cash assistance, medical coverage, child care, vocational services or rehabilitation services; developmental centers; adoption agencies; businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services and other necessities of life for needy individuals — excluding day care centers, day care homes, group day care homes and day care centers licensed as specified in Section 12(s) of the order.

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In March ASPB decided to immediately close its doors in order to prioritize the safety of all clients and staff.  During this time they conducted training on telehealth for all of their technicians and supervisors, and resumed telehealth sessions in April 2020.  As the state of Illinois has demonstrated improvement in the COVID-19 prevalence rates, ASPB has slowly resumed face-to-face services with precautionary measures.  The health and safety of everyone will continue to be ASPB's number one priority, therefore all procedures are subject to change based upon the climate of DuPage county.

Current Clinic-Based Cautionary Procedures:

  • Additional training on disease control and mitigation procedures

  • All employees complete a daily attestation regarding symptoms and exposure risk

  • Children are picked up from the parents in the parking lot to avoid gathering in the waiting room areas

  • Temperature checks for clients and parental attestation regarding symptoms and exposure

  • Immediate hand washing upon entering the clinic

  • Heightened cleaning and sanitization procedures, using EPA-registered disinfectants

  • Social distancing of children when in small groups, no more than three children allowed in the larger group rooms at a time

  • Additional protocols when escorting children to the bathrooms and other community areas

  • Visitors are restricted, deliveries and other unannounced visitors are not allowed into the clinic

  • Mandatory two-week quarantine for clients and employees, following the guidelines established by the city of Chicago, following travel to high-risk areas

  • Masks required in the community areas of the building

**Due to the controlled environment within the clinic and in order to maintain an effective social-emotional and communicative environment, masks are not currently being used while in the clinic working directly with the child.​

Current In-Home Cautionary Procedures:

  • Employee and family attestations regarding symptoms and exposure

  • Clinicians are limited to a small number of clients that they are assigned to for face to face services

  • Clinicians are required to wear face masks prior to entering a family’s home.  This precaution is taken to protect the child and family.

    • Cloth masks will be changed between sessions and paper masks will be disposed of after an in-home session.

    • All adults, and children over the age of 2 without special needs, are required to wear a face mask prior to the clinician entering the home.  This precaution is taken to protect the clinician and all other families that she comes into physical contact with.

  • Clinicians, children, and parents are all required to wash hands and/or use antibacterial gel prior to the initiation of sessions.

  • Social distancing is required between the clinician and individuals, not including the client, during a session

  • To eliminate the sharing of objects therapists will not bring in toys and only limited personal belongings into a client’s home.

  • Mandatory two-week quarantine for clients and employees, following the guidelines established by the city of Chicago, following travel to high-risk areas

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