Overview

The UAB Civitan-Sparks Clinics continue the commitment to provide excellent interdisciplinary services to children with developmental disorders and their families, despite tough economic times that have developed both university- and community-wide. Our mission continues to involve three key principles: clinical services, training, and research. I am pleased to highlight our staff, clinics, and programs that we provide.

Clinically, several of our services are both unique and innovative. The Sparks Dental Clinic, under the direction of Drs. John Thornton and Janice Jackson, provides more dental services to adults with special needs than anywhere else in Alabama. Another unique program is our Pediatric Neuromotor Clinic which is led by Katera Abrams, MS, OTR/L.  This clinic offers intensive occupational therapy based on the ACQUIREc therapy form of Pediatric Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy.  The intensive program helps children with upper extremity weaknesses develop new motor skills and functional activities. Our Autism team continues to provide not only thorough and extensive diagnostic evaluations, but also school consultations and social skills training.

We continue our dedication to train graduate students, medical students, and residents. As Director of Training, Dr. Sarah O'Kelley has worked tirelessly in making Civitan-Sparks Clinics an excellent training experience in various disciplines including psychology, audiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, nutrition, and social work. Our Sparks Pediatrics clinic, led by Developmental Pediatrician Dr. Snehal Khatri, is an integral training site for pediatric residents and medical students.

Understanding the importance of research and increasing knowledge in the field of developmental disabilities, we continue to be a sponsor of the Simpson-Ramsey Lecture each spring. The Simpson-Ramsey Lecture is a day-long lecture series that hosts experts in neurodevelopmental disorders research and occurs in conjunction with the Glenwood Endowed Lecture.

As we continue to flourish and improve our services, the goal for the UAB Civitan-Sparks Clinics is to be a leader at the state and national levels in the field of developmental disabilities. Our commitment remains strong.