Carol Briggs, founder and administrator of Abilities, has dedicated the last 27 years to serving the needs of families in the Baton Rouge Community. Carol received her Masters in Communication Disorders from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1981. After working three years in the Mississippi public school system and home health, she relocated to Baton Rouge where she continued to work with the developmentally disabled through various agencies. In late 1986, Carol began Abilities. Carol’s commitment to excellence and her dedication to her staff as well as the families they treat continue to provide the foundation for Abilities. She continually brings new intervention techniques to the Baton Rouge area, allowing parents to have choices in treatment approaches. Carol currently provides training and support to staff speech pathologists and occupational therapists, fostering excellence in their treatment skills.
With extensive continuing education, Carol has treated children with a variety of disorders. While the majority of her training is in Autism intervention, Carol has participated in training for oral motor intervention, augmentative communication, apraxia intervention, auditory processing, and sensory integration. Carol has particular interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders and continues to gain continuing education in this area allowing her to mentor to staff therapists and students. Carol has presented on numerous occasions locally, regionally and nationally over the past 20 years. Topics of presentation have included augmentative communication and treatment for Autism.
Carol has been awarded the ACE (Award of Continuing Education) twice from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for her extensive continuing education. In 1998, she was awarded The John E. Robinson Award from the Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association for Outstanding clinical contributions to the field of Speech Language Pathology. She was named Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals in 1998. Carol is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Louisiana Speech and Hearing Association.