Amy Watson-Grace

Amy Watson Grace MOT, OTR/L
Partner and Department Head of Occupational Therapy

Amy Watson-Grace, MOT, OTR/L earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Capital University and her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Chatham University.  Amy maintains her national certification by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).  She is dually-licensed by the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainer’s Board and the Ohio Department of Education.  She accepted her first school-based job as an occupational therapist in 1998 and this area of practice has been her passion ever since.  Since that time, she has worked with students in grades Pre-K through 12 with a variety of educational disabilities.  Additionally, Amy’s professional experience includes providing early intervention services (Birth – 3), home-based occupational therapy services, hospital-based occupational therapy services, inpatient rehabilitation center-based occupational therapy services, and outpatient clinic-based occupational therapy services to clients from birth throughout the lifespan with a variety of physical, social-emotional, cognitive, and educational disabilities.  Since she and her colleagues formed Navigating Autism Plus, she has spent many hours training with them to become experts in the evaluation of children and adults with autism spectrum disorder.  Amy’s professional interests are driven by needs and unanswered questions that she finds in her daily practice.

Currently, her areas of study include:  the impact of ocular motor and visual perceptual skill deficits on learning and attention; vision screening in Ohio schools and areas of difficulty that are often missed; the relationship between sensory processing differences and executive functioning deficits; and research-based interventions to address fine motor, visual motor, visual perceptual, sensory processing, and executive functioning deficits.  Amy believes that all students have the capacity to learn and that the most effective way to improve a child’s performance in their areas of deficit is to develop individualized interventions that are based upon research and utilize the strengths and interests of the child.