Message from the CEO on 7.24.20
Dear PTN Families,

The health and safety of you, your children, and our staff is our top priority. More than anything, we want you to feel protected when you return to our clinic for in-person services. To ensure this PTN formed a “Return to PTN” task force, who as I’ve previously shared, has been working diligently to prepare for resuming onsite services.

Over the last three weeks, we had a soft re-opening of our Torrance location for individual therapy services. A minimal number of families, primarily those unable to benefit from telehealth services, were onsite as we piloted our new safety policies and cleaning procedures. After a successful few weeks, we are ready to increase the number of individual appointments in Torrance gradually. Those that participated had this to share:

“I felt very comfortable with the measures PTN is taking to ensure my son is safe. The extra precautions being taken make me feel confident that PTN is doing everything they can to keep the environment clean and sanitized. I will continue to take my son to his therapy at PTN.” - Parent

“It was so wonderful to be back in front of a kiddo! We've been incredibly lucky to see so many of our clients via telehealth, but the in-person connection after months away felt amazing.” - Therapist

Before welcoming you back in-person, I wanted to update you on our latest policies based on guidance from the LA County Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control. I encourage you to watch the video by clicking the button below for a virtual tour of what to expect when you return.

The video gives an overview of our new procedures which include:

Daily Health Screenings: Staff members, parents/caregivers, and children receive daily health screenings, including answering a series of health questions and having their temperature taken with a no-touch thermometer.

Enhanced Cleaning Measures: We recently invested in high-tech sanitizing equipment, including electrostatic cleaners and the ZONO Sanitizing Cabinet, which uses ozone or charged cleaning particles to disinfect porous and nonporous surfaces thoroughly. A designated cleaning time is scheduled after each treatment session.

Social Distancing: Appointments are scheduled to allow social distancing between clients, including one treatment space per client with specific entrance and exit points. Helpful social distancing guides have been placed on the sidewalks and reception area. Our waiting room is closed until further notice.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Parents and caregivers are required to wear a mask while onsite. While we prefer children receiving treatment to wear a mask, we know it isn't always possible. For staff members, a variety of PPE options, including masks, disposable gowns, face shields, booties, and gloves are available based on their preference. At a minimum, all staff wears a mask or face shield.

We will continue to keep you updated as we plan to increase in-person services. At this time, Torrance group programs and both Long Beach individual services and group programs will remain remote. We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we have taken to keep you safe.


Terri Nishimura, MA, OTR/L
Chief Executive Officer
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