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