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April 13, 2021 

Occupational Therapy Month

Occupational therapists in the Granbury ISD special education department during Occupational Therapy Month in April 2021. 

According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, school-based occupational therapy practitioners are occupational therapists (OTs) and occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) who use meaningful activities (occupations) to help children and youth participate in what they need and/or want to do in order to promote physical and mental health and well-being. 

Occupational therapy addresses the physical, cognitive, psychosocial and sensory components of performance. In schools, occupational therapy practitioners focus on academics, play and leisure, social participation, self-care skills (ADLs or Activities of Daily Living), and transition/work skills. Occupational therapy’s expertise includes activity and environmental analysis and modification with a goal of reducing the barriers to participation. 

OTs serving GISD students are: 

  • Pam Eudaley – Acton Elementary School, Acton Middle School, Baccus Elementary School, Oak Woods School
  • Sandie Sermarini – Granbury Middle School and STEAM Academy at Mambrino
  • Rhonda Kelley – Brawner Elementary School, Granbury High School, Roberson Early Learning Academy, STEAM Academy at Mambrino