Resuming Clinic Based Therapy Services

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We hope you and your families are keeping safe and healthy. We really appreciate all you have done to support your child while therapy was offered via TeleHealth due to the COVID 19 Pandemic.

As you might be aware, the BC Government has announced plans to reopen slowly, which means the Symbiosis Pediatric Therapy able to resume Clinic-Based therapy services (Behavior Consultancy, Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Therapy as well as Behavior Intervention sessions) for children in Surrey, Burnaby, Abbotsford, and Delta locations. The safety and well being of our team members and families is of utmost importance to us. We are working closely with the College of Occupational Therapists of BC, the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC, Worksafe BC, and other relevant agencies to have a comprehensive plan and guidelines as we reopen.

Some of the changes in the clinics you might observe

–  Pickup times are 10 minutes prior to the end of the session to accommodate the increased cleaning schedule in between clients

– Ramped up hygiene schedules (some areas such as the ball pools may temporarily not be in use).

– Masks are recommended for all staff and clients’ parents/guardians (clients not required)

– Removal of frequently touched items from waiting areas, e.g., magazines, business cards, toys, etc.

– All washrooms and sinks are equipped with touch-less soap dispensers

– Hand-sanitizers are equipped in all areas

– Parent lounges closed until further notice

– Telehealth Therapy can continue indefinitely upon the request of families.

Tele-Health sessions for Children will continue as usual 

Shalini Das

Director, Board Certified Behavior Analyst,Occupational Therapist

Shalini is one of the co-founders of Symbiosis Pediatric Therapy. She currently oversees the clinical and administrative departments of Symbiosis. Shalini has more than 25 years of experience working with children with autism and developmental disabilities.

Shalini completed her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy specializing in Pediatric Neurology in 2000. She also has her Masters degree in Special Education with a focus on Applied Behavior Analysis from The Pennsylvania State University.Shalini is listed in the RASP list as a Behavior Consultant and an Occupational Therapist.

Shalini has extensive clinical experience with assessment and program development that is designed to treat challenging behaviors, build communication, and functional life skills. Some of the team-based intervention which she incorporates are the Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), SCERTS, DIR®/Floor time model, etc.

Shalini has trained & supervised several teams of therapists, parents, and other professionals on evidence-based behavioral strategies to improve the quality of life for the children. She also assists with the development and implementation of evidence-based treatment approaches, in addition to providing clinical guidance and mentorship to the Behavioral intervention team.

Shalini is certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) from the University of Southern California and in Neuro-Developmental Therapy (NDT) from NDT Association, USA. She also enjoys working with children in Symbiosis embracing different therapy models while viewing the challenges faced by the children through the developmental framework.

Shalini is the mother of two children and understands the importance of considering the needs and wants of all members of the family when establishing therapy goals. She spends her spare time with her children and husband, reading, traveling, and cooking different recipes from around the world.