For the last several months, we have all been battling an invisible enemy that has challenged us all as a whole. The health and safety of our patients, clients, therapy staff, and communities are of utmost importance to us as we remain committed to providing service. 

As of 3/18/2020, Thrive Speech Therapy has offered Teletherapy visits. If able, we encourage any and all of our clients and patients to continue the use of teletherapy. We have seen great success with those who are currently utilizing this platform. If you are not familiar with telepractice, it is speech therapy services provided through a secure, HIPAA compliant platform and will be billed at the same rate as in person sessions. Telepractice services require internet, a device with a webcam and microphone, and participation of a parent or guardian

As of May 11th, 2020, Thrive Speech Therapy will be allowed to resume in-person visits for those that meet the criterias laid out by Gov. Abbott on April 27th in the "Report to Open Texas". 

We are mandated to follow "Minimum Standard Health Protocols". Those are as follows:

 -Maintain at least 6 feet separation from other individuals not within the same household. If such distancing is not feasible, other measures such as face covering, hand hygiene, cough etiquette, cleanliness, and sanitation should be rigorously practiced.

 -Self-screen before going into a business for any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19:

Cough.  Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

 Chills.  Repeated shaking with chills

 Muscle pain Headache  Sore throat

 Loss of taste or smell  Diarrhea

 Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit

 Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19

 -Wash or disinfect hands upon entering a business and after any interaction with employees, other customers, or items in the business.

-  Consistent with the actions taken by many individuals across the state, consider wearing cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth) when entering a business, or when within 6 feet of another person who is not a member of the individual’s household. If available, individuals should consider wearing non-medical grade face masks.

Additionally, Thrive Speech Therapy will be mandating other Health Protocols. Those are as follows:

-Prior to arrival, we will send a text to confirm we are on our way. At this time please take your child's temperature and relay the reading to your therapist via text.

-Additionally, upon arrival for in-home visits, we will ask parents/guardians to again take their child’s temperature and show the results to the speech therapist so that it can be recorded.

-Upon arrival, we will ask the parent/guardian to confirm that, within the last 48 hours, the child or anyone in the household has not shown signs of a fever, shortness of breath or cough.

-Speech therapists will then make a visual inspection of the child for signs of illness which could include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness.

-Before the session begins, the speech therapist will utilize the home to wash their hands and the hands of the child who is receiving speech services.

-Throughout the session, Speech therapists will wear PPE to include a face mask and gloves.

-To reduce the risk of infection, the treating speech therapist will utilize materials located in the child's home to include (games, puzzles, cause/effect toys, etc). The speech therapist may provide task cards and books which will be sanitized before and after the session.

These Health Protocols are a requirement. We will be sharing a document via your client portal. E-Signature of the document is required before in-home sessions can begin.

Please refer to Governor Abbott's "Report to Open Texas" here :

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to reach out to us by call or text at 713-835-7076

We encourage you to visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website for updates on COVID-19 and preventive measures you can take to keep you and your family safe.

Warm Regards. We look forward to seeing you again soon!