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Routine Cleaning Practices in Therapy Rooms and Workspaces

 

As the coronavirus continues to remain prevalent in our society, Applied Behavior Analysis centers must remain thorough in cleaning therapy rooms and workspaces before, during, and after therapy sessions. By training and educating staff to exceed the CDC standards, technicians and therapists work together to achieve a clean and safe environment for the children we serve at Circle City ABA.

Below are practices that Registered Behavior Technicians and Board Certified Behavior Analysts are expected do before, during, and after therapy sessions. All cleaning and disinfecting must remain thorough and with intention. Factoring in time to clean and disinfect each time makes it a part of the therapist's daily routine. Proper preventative hygiene prevents the spread of germs, which is essential when working at an ABA center. 

Before the session

Before therapy sessions begin, therapists should wipe down all tables, chairs, and work materials. Be sure to grab all items, toys, and materials that you will need ahead of time to disinfect those as well. Then, please wash your hands and assist the client you are working with in washing their hands. The CDC recommends washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When in doubt, always wash your hands with soap and water. 
 

During the session

During therapy sessions, be sure to stay vigilant and remember that everyday preventative actions go a long way. As mentioned above, the CDC recommends washing your hands often. Also, it is vital to utilize Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at all times.

Hand Hygiene

So, when should you wash your hands? Below is a list from the CDC of times to clean your hands:

  1. After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  2. After using the bathroom
  3. Before and after eating or preparing food
  4. Before and after providing care for children who need assistance
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is now a common phrase in our vocabulary. It is also a critical preventative practice, especially when working with children who need assistance. Ensure Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) securely covers your mouth and nose. Refrain from touching and altering your PPE as much as possible.

When adjusting is necessary, be sure to use hand sanitizer or wash your hands if you contact your mouth and nose. Each ABA center has its own policies and practices. At Circle City ABA, our team is trained frequently on appropriately wearing PPE and is also provided with PPE. If you have questions about proper PPE practices, ask your ABA center directly for guidance.

For more information on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), please ask your ABA center directly and visit the CDC for additional guidance. 

 
After the session

 

After the therapy session, wipe down all materials with appropriate cleaning supplies provided by the center. Also, thoroughly wipe down all tables, chairs, and miscellaneous items in the workspace and therapy room.

After disinfecting and cleaning are complete, be sure to immediately dispose of any gloves and disposable cleaning products such as sanitary wipes. If you have questions about appropriate disposable practices, please contact your ABA center directly. Dispose all necessary items then immediately wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water.

Continue routine cleaning and disinfecting

The CDC recommends routine cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces by multiple people. At ABA centers, there are a lot of surfaces! At Circle City ABA, our center has increased disinfection routines to numerous times a day. It may be helpful to have a checklist of commonly touched surfaces. The more one touches surfaces and objects, the more frequently they are disinfected. Examples of frequently touched surfaces include door handles, iPads, light switches, sinks, keyboards, writing utensils, toys, books, and gross motor toys. 

Circle City ABA ensures cleaning and disinfecting practices at our ABA centers are of the highest of standards. Each staff member is trained regularly to ensure cleaning standards are not only met but exceeded. Our team works together to achieve and clean, safe, and welcoming environment for the children and families we work with daily.

About: Circle City ABA is a state of the art autism center in Evansville, Indiana and Lafayette, Indiana. Specializing in applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy for children with autism and related conditions, Circle City ABA is a destination where play meets progress. Programs are designed with each child in mind.
The journey begins at initial assessment from our qualified team. Several Hoosier's in the Evansville and Lafayette area are already loving Circle City ABA. Learn more about our services below. Request enrollment information at info.circlecityaba.com/enrollment.

 

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