Degrees and Certifications:

Licensed and Registered Occupational Therapist since 1996 B.A. Psychology, Boston University, 1993 Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, Boston University, 1996

Mrs. Kathy Scala


I am a school-based occupational therapist currently assigned to Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School and Cornwall Central High School.  

What is school-based occupational therapy?

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.   

- American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.