Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at McCallum Place Eating Disorder Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at McCallum Place Eating Disorder Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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Time Management in Adolescents during Eating Disorder Treatment

Written by Julie Rami and Nancy Anderson

During adolescence, the brain is growing and building neural pathways faster than any other time in life.   A teen’s capacity to learn is at its maximum but the planning, organizing, and self control skills haven’t caught up yet.   During the school year the tutoring room is very busy with supporting all of our student’s curriculums from their various schools.  Although we have several students, we work individually with each student as much as needed.  In the summer the tutoring room looks very different.  Our focus shifts to service and study skills.  We participate in two volunteer outings each week and spend the rest of our time on various adolescent topics.  Then, towards the end of the summer we start preparing our students for school mode.

This past summer we discussed time management.   Most teens spend about 40% of their time asleep and another 10% in school.  50% of their time is available for everything else.  So, how do we make the most of our time?  We all multitask and feel that it is an efficient way to work.   Although, we all do it, no one is really good at it.  When we are constantly task switching no one task is really getting the full attention to get the job done.  The only way to really stop the multitasking or participating in many things at one time is to eliminate the distractions from the environment.  So what does this ideal environment look like? It should be a quiet, distraction free setting. In order to maintain focus there need to be chunks of time without interruptions.  Studies have shown the ideal length of time is 20-30 minutes.  For that chunk of time use, every ounce of your attention to stay focused on that task.  After each of these sessions take a break.  This is when you can check your phone, email or grab a snack, and then repeat as many times as you need to get through your workload.

Remember we had mentioned that adolescents aren’t the best at planning and prioritizing. Well, this is why they need good organizational skills. The simplest systems are the best such as a planner or a homework app available on an iPad.  Setting weekly goals is simple and a must.  When scheduling and making a plan there needs to be a built in cushion because emergencies do come up.  So, when a student has extra time in their schedule they need to use it to write a paper or study for a test.  You need to find something that works for you as you are the one that needs to utilize it. Using a system like this will help you focus on what needs to get done and then you will have more time for what you think is fun.  Also, remember to keep things simple as the more complicated your system is the more likely you are to give up on it.

Rosen, Christine. “The Myth of Multitasking.”   The New Atlantis 20 (Spring 2008):  105-110.

Bergman, Peter. “ How (and Why) to Stop Multitasking.”  Harvard Business Review, May, 2010.

Learn more about McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers and our free, confidential pre-admission assessments by calling 800-828-8158.

Nancy Anderson received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Loyola University of New Orleans.  She has certification to teach in Louisiana and Missouri.  She has taught in several traditional and alternative setting before going part time and joining McCallum Place in 2004. She works 1:1 with the students, their home schools, families and therapy teams to ensure student success in an adaptable educational environments.

Julie Rami received her Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from Eastern Illinois University and her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Reading Emphasis from University of Missouri.  She also has certificates in elementary education, social/emotional disorders and learning disabilities.  She worked in a Chicago suburb for 5 years as a resource teacher/inclusion facilitator until she moved to St. Louis.  Upon moving to St. Louis she opened and operated a tutoring business for ten years.  She has been with McCallum Place as one of our teachers for ten years acting as a liaison between the patient and their school.  She addresses student’s needs and modifies materials to ensure student’s success in an adaptable educational environment.