Hello KidSHINE Community-
KidSHINE is looking forward to safe, fun and productive skill building this fall in both our Rowley and Amesbury locations! We will be continuing to provide safe, socially distanced OT evaluations, sessions and small group programs with strict protocols, cleaning and sanitation procedures, and capacity restrictions. We are also offering several indoor/outdoor and open air options for small group fall bootcamp classes and programs, and our indoor facility has 4500 square feet of space that has been parceled for individual treatment rooms with separate entrances for our OT clients. Staff therapists wear masks when working with clients. Children wear masks indoors (with breaks) and are encouraged to wear masks outdoors when they cannot safely socially distance. All children have their own equipment to use in most cases, but gloves are worn during obstacle courses if there is equipment that is shared and touched. Our Amesbury location is also open three days a week for weekly sessions and a cross over group with Miracle Farm Speech Therapy, with similar precautions in place.
KidSHINE is continuing to offer very limited telehealth sessions for clients who are immunocompromised or who are unable to come to either location at this time. We encourage families who feel comfortable and safe to try an in office session with their child, as the benefits of in person therapy and distanced exposure to other children has been very apparent since we reopened. We feel so fortunate that we have our large indoor and outdoor space, and to have a 1:1 private location in Amesbury, because it has enabled us to adapt to the "new normal" and to provide safe, high quality services in both locations, and to offer programs and classes. As always, we continue to respect each family's individual decision about what they feel most comfortable with, and we are fortunate to have options.
In Person Bootcamp 8 Week Fall Session and 12 Week Long Two Hour AM Fall Programs
We are attempting to resume our typical fall bootcamp schedule mid September in Rowley, including adding classes on Saturday AMs and Tues, Wed and Thurs after school. We also are offering a 12 Week Fall Skill Building Program call School Year Heroes (1x/ week for each age group), beginning the week of September 21st. Most of these theme based, skill building programs will include cross over components with Parker River Tutoring and Miracle Farm Speech Therapy, and we expect these programs to fill very quickly. Our small group programs will be indoor and outdoor, weather permitting and will be held in the late AM, when the clinic is quieter. Check out our offerings in our Fall Programs page.
COVID/ Sick Policy for Fall Bootcamps and School Year Heroes
If your child is sick, has any COVID symptoms or is exposed to a family member, classmate or friend who is being tested for COVID, your child will not be able to participate in a KidSHINE program that week, and if COVID is suspected, your child must quarantine from KidSHINE for 14 days or show a negative COVID test result before returning to KidSHINE. Due to current circumstances, no refunds can be given for missed days, but in the event of absence, children will be given the opportunity to attend one day of our school vacation week programming as a makeup. Our School Years Heroes Program is a 12 week program with an optimistic 12 week commitment, but due to the lack of predictability of school schedules and the progression of the virus, we will be asking families to re-register and pay in monthly increments. Please note that KidSHINE is a phase 1 facility, so if the governor initiates a shift to a different phase, we are able to remain open for services and programs as long as possible (and as long as it is safe). If we suspect a full shut down is imminent, we will suspend the program after the last paid day of the month we are in. In the case of an immediate full shut down, we will finish out the current month virtually, and then the program will be suspended until the governor re-opens businesses and deems that it is safe to resume.
How to Sign up for Different Options
If you would like to schedule an OT evaluation or be added to our in person schedule, please email Terri at email@example.com and let her know. If you would like to register for one of our fall bootcamp programs ,click here. If you would like to register for School Year Heroes, click here
Stay strong, be well, and enjoy an active fall of skill building
Dr. Amy Wheadon, OTD, OTR/L, CPT, YES
Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Certified Personal Trainer
Youth Exercise Specialist