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OT Tracey Falla now President of Maine Occupational Therapy Association

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OT Tracey Falla Now President of Maine Occupational Therapy Association
Posted on 12/17/2015
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The Portland Public Schools’ Occupational Therapy Department is proud to announce that Tracey Falla, district occupational therapist, was recently voted president of the Maine Occupational Therapy Association (MeOTA). She will serve at this new post for three years.

Part of her duties will include attending the National American Occupational Therapy Association conference in April to meet with other state OT presidents.

Falla has an undergraduate degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Southern Maine. She is on her 12th year working at the Portland Public Schools, where she has worked at many different buildings around the district; she currently services the BEACH, ISP, and Bayside programs. Falla is an emerging leader in the field of occupational therapy, and an advocate for the role of occupational therapists in the school.

Occupational therapy is a health care profession that maximizes functional independence and quality of life using meaningful and purposeful activity, to participate in daily “occupations.”  In the school setting, occupational therapists are part of educational teams that supports students to fulfill their role as students.  Writing and drawing, fine and gross motor development, vocational skills, sensory regulation, and self-care are among the areas that OT's look at to help the team provide appropriate interventions when indicated. Occupational therapists are uniquely trained in promoting accessibility, task analysis, environmental modification and making clinical observations.

PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured are members of the Portland Public Schools’ Occupational Therapy Department (from left to right): Molly Northway, Joan Caldwell, Katherine Ambrose, Taylor Witham, Tracey Falla, Stephanie Vares and Meg Long.