Clinical Assist, Ltd.

Clinical Assist, Ltd. provided speech therapy services to the pediatric population since 1990!  Clinical Assist provided services to Chicago area schools, hospitals, pediatric clinics, and TBI programs.

In June 2003, Black Bear Academy began in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood as a pilot program. After much consideration and success of Black Bear Academy, Maureen and Kevin Black redirected Clinical Assist, Ltd., in fall 2009, to solely provide clinical services through Black Bear Academy, allowing them to maintain their research and continuous improvements in this new business endeavor, which became their primary area of focus. Both long term and short term goals will remain focused on the quality of the programming, maintaining the excellence of the professional staff through rigorous direct training, and offering caregiver training for Black Bear families and external consultants in our more recently developed training center designed to serve all of the programs at Black Bear Academy. In 2015, Clinical Assist, d/b/a Black Bear Academy, added Occupational Therapy Services as well.

As a company, we have chosen to remain small so as to maintain the quality of our services and our staff. Clinical Assist, d/b/a Black Bear Academy, has chosen to be a private fee-based service provider and provides clinical services that are out-of-network with all insurance companies. Our goal is to exceed the expectations of our clients and customers and our work is guided by these core values:

  • Knowledge
  • Respect for Individuals
  • Leadership at All Levels
  • Integrity and Honesty
  • Customer Focus

This is in line with our commitment to clinical excellence in the field of rehabilitation and our desire to support, through rigorous training, the standards to which we hold ourselves accountable and to which we hope to promote in our profession. All of our Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists are certified and licensed and prepared to facilitate maximum benefit from speech and occupational therapy services.


“Exceptional Therapists, Exceptional Service”