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Clinical Affiliate Program

Abilities is affiliated with Graduate Level Speech and Occupational Therapy Programs across the country- hosting master level students for their Clinical Practicums and Level II Fieldwork placements throughout the academic year. As a teaching facility, Abilities takes great care to ensure that every graduate student who completes their clinical experience with us demonstrates clear mastery of the basic tenets related to pediatric therapy. This includes, but is not limited to, developing and mastering skills in the following clinical areas:

  • Assessment/Evaluation administration and interpretation

  • Parent education and collaboration

  • Initial treatment planning

  • Reassessment and Progress Monitoring

  • Intervention Modification

  • Discharge planning 

In addition to fostering mastery in the above mentioned clinical skills, Abilities teaches future therapists the importance of client-centered, multi-disciplinary, and evidenced-based treatment. Abilities believes that educating future generations of therapists is profoundly important and takes great pride in being a teaching facility.

Currently we are contracted with the following OT graduate programs for Field Work I and II placements:

  • LSUHSC New Orleans

  • LSUHSC Shreveport

  • University of South Alabama

  • St Augustine

  • NOVA

  • Texas Women’s Denton

  • Wingate University

  • Murray State University

  • Emory and Henry College School of Health Sciences

Currently we are contracted with Louisiana State University and Southeastern Louisiana University for graduate level Speech and Language Clinical Affiliations.

Therapist Mentorship Program

The Abilities Mentorship Program was created to ensure the highest quality therapy is provided to each child we serve. Our program establishes and reinforces best pediatric practice for newly graduated and newly hired therapists. Just like the therapy we provide to our clients, the mentorship we provide to our therapists is highly individualized- with the level and frequency of support being thoughtfully determined by each therapist's past experience and current knowledge in the field of pediatrics.

The Abilities Mentorship Program provides direct, weekly meetings with an experienced therapy mentor to advise and guide newly hired therapists in the following areas:

  • Clinical caseload management​​

    • opportunities for direct observation and clinical feedback regarding current caseload challenges

  • Identifying and developing areas of special interests related to pediatrics


Combined, our speech and occupational therapy mentors have over 50 years of experience in pediatric therapy and are eager to guide you towards a successful and fulfilling career at Abilities!

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