A Note From Dr. Yellin to Our Patients And Their Families
In response to questions from our patients, I want to
let you know that The
Yellin Center is open and operating during this difficult and complicated time. As a
physician, parent, and grandparent, I have no greater concern than the
health and safety of our patients, their families, and our staff.
Our assessment model has always been a
one-student-at-a time process, which enables us to work with individual
students in our offices and still practice the “social distancing” which is
so important to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
We have taken steps to make sure that our premises
are safe for all visitors. We have removed everything – baskets of snacks,
books, magazines, toys, literature – from our waiting and family areas and
our entire office is disinfected regularly in accordance with current CDC
guidelines. We are limiting contact with assessment materials and
disinfecting any materials handled by students. We are using new pencils
for each student and discarding them after each use. We require all
visitors and staff to use Purell or to wash their hands thoroughly with
soap and water immediately upon entering our offices.
Our staff has been instructed in ways to monitor
their own health and to remain home if they show any signs of illness or
have been exposed to coronavirus through family or friends, and we ask that
students and parents who have scheduled appointments do the same. We will,
of course, continue to pay our staff whether they are able to come to the
office or not.
With schools closed and remote learning and
homeschooling being arranged for many students, we know that students may
face additional challenges, including how to use their learning strategies
outside the classroom, how to use their strengths to best access academic
material, and how to deal with anxiety and emotional issues in this
unsettled time. We would be pleased to offer support to parents and
students to deal with the unique issues they are facing. Just contact our office to set up a call.
We are aware that some of the families who have
consultations and follow-up appointments scheduled would prefer to do these
remotely. We have always offered remote consultations and follow-up and
hope that even more families will want to take advantage of this
technology. Please contact our office (and leave a message
if we can’t pick up your call immediately) to arrange for your meeting or
consultation to be held remotely.
For those of you who will be visiting our offices
but have concerns about travel, we do want to remind you that there is an
Icon parking garage directly across from our offices at 839 6th Avenue,
with an entrance on 29th Street, just west of Sixth Avenue.