Medical professionals help special-needs children, their parents during pandemic
During this pandemic, having children at home presents a challenge, but parents of special-needs children have dealt with even more difficult circumstances.
More and more people are taking doctor appointments at home, including through the Westchester Institute for Human Development, where they're using telehealth services to protect thousands of patients with developmental and physical disabilities.
"They're very vulnerable in terms of contracting this virus and they would be highly at risk if they were to get sick with the virus," says Susan Fox. "A medical doctor might be checking whether they have a fever, whether they have a cough, whether they're eating well or not."
Fox says they also have a team of therapists, which walks parents through how to take care of their child.
"Therapists can watch the parents working with the child, give the parent guidance and advice on activities that they can be doing," says Fox.
Because of the complexities of their patients, they do have staff on standby for emergencies or appointments that must be in person.