March 18, 2020
Hello KidSHINE Community-
I have made the difficult decision to close both the Ipswich and Amesbury KidSHINE sites for the next few weeks, starting Wednesday March 18th, and effective tentatively through April 4th. Protecting the health of our clients, our staff, and all of our families is our highest priority. While we understand that so many of the children we work with will struggle with the current changes, the lack of consistency and decreased opportunities for sensory input and movement, I have been watching the progression of the virus closely, and have become increasingly concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on our local community. The KidSHINE staff and I, like all other facilities in the area, want to ensure that we are doing our part to keep everyone safe. This surreal situation unfolds and changes hourly, so it is hard to predict the extent of closures (schools and businesses alike), but we will re-evaluate the situation on April 4th and update all of you at that point.
In the interim, we recognize the medical necessity of services for so many of your children, and we will be switching to an online only format going forward for the next few weeks. We are already scheduling telehealth sessions for several clients, and we will be working to create a telehealth schedule tomorrow through Friday so that we are ready to start next week. Please CLICK HERE to submit a telehealth schedule request by the end of this week.
In addition, if you haven't already done so, you can also take advantage of our online KidSHINE bootcamp classes by REGISTERING HERE- so far the classes have been a success (and will still be available for 24 hours, when it will be replaced with the next workout). We are offering a 2 week subscription for 9.99 (3 classes/ week- T, W, Th for 2 weeks). We will most likely offer a second subscription to continue this online option beyond the two weeks, given the current success of this service. Current registered bootcamp clients will receive an updated bootcamp schedule when we reopen (we have several weeks to play with in May/ June before our summer schedule starts).
During this two and 1/2 week hiatus, we will be intermittently posting activities on our facebook page with fine motor strengthening ideas. Terri and I will still be in the office. We will also be moving forward with our relocation of the Ipswich location to our new Rowley site. When your children return in April, we will be in our new location, and this will be a fresh, clean start for everyone. Even though this is such a surreal and challenging time, when I videotaped the online Boot Camp class this afternoon from the new space, I felt so much hope. We will be back very soon and I think we are going to see amazing continued growth from all of your children on other side of this situation. I am so fortunate to have such an incredible team of therapists and staff and an amazing group of clients in our community. Together, we will get through this!
❤️ be well and see you all soon
Dr. Amy Wheadon, OTD, OTR/L, CPT, YES
Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Certified Personal Trainer
Youth Exercise Specialist