Cheryl Mae Grandada
Cheryl Mae wanted to become a pediatric occupational therapist since she was in 10th grade and believes whole-heartedly in a child-directed and family-centered approach to care. She strives to identify and implement a child’s strengths and motivations to improve their deficits through occupation and play-based therapy.
She received her Bachelors in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a concentration in Fitness & Wellness from The University of Florida and proceeded to procure her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at Nova Southeastern University-Tampa.
Cheryl Mae is a registered and licensed occupational therapist through the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and Florida Occupational Therapy Association (FOTA) of which she served as a writer (FOCUS article author) and board member (Website coordinator) in past years.
She completed her Field work training and doctoral residency at John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital- Palm Harbor and Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children/Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Infants respectively and gained valuable knowledge in research based care/approaches and interventions including but not limited to Ayres Sensory integration, sensory processing/regulation diets, Astronaut training/Therapeutic Listening program (Certified), Handwriting Without Tears techniques, Interactive Metronome techniques, Perception-Action motor learning techniques, Kinesiology taping, Visual perception/motor development and Feeding therapy. Her skill set and knowledge base stems from her passion and drive for the profession of occupational therapy.