Message from the CEO on 3.24.20
Dear PTN Families,

As we continue to monitor the evolving situation related to COVID-19 (coronavirus), our top priority remains the health and safety of our children, families, and staff. With the recent “Safer at Home” directives from the state and the county and the extension of school closures for Los Angeles, Torrance and Long Beach Unified School Districts, PTN will extend remote services through Friday, May 1. PTN may resume in-person services on Monday, May 4, but an additional extension beyond this date may be possible. The decision to extend remote services was made with the health and safety of our staff, families, and communities in mind.

Rest assured, PTN is still open for business. Our staff has been working hard to establish remote services for our families through telehealth appointments, at-home lesson plans, and YouTube video tutorials. It is our goal to provide opportunities for continuity of services for all of our programs, which are so crucial for multiple reasons:

* Practice: Practice makes perfect! Regular, ongoing therapeutic programming provides routine practice of skills learned and follow-up on activities performed at home

* Advancement: Regular practice at home leads to faster progress toward goals Improved Retention: Inconsistent services can lead to slow growth or a plateau of skills. More time is spent re-teaching previously taught skills than learning new ones

* Stability: Our families have been sharing that remote services have been very positive for children because it also brings a sense of normalcy to their routine

We are thrilled to hear the positive and grateful responses from parents as we continue to provide high quality services remotely. If you have questions about how to access services for your child, please reach out to your therapist or program leader.

Thank you for understanding as the situation has been changing rapidly. We appreciate your support as we work together to ensure the health and safety of our children, families, and staff.

Sincerely,

Terri Nishimura, MA, OTR/L
Chief Executive Officer
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