Martha Thomas, O.T.

Martha-ThomasOccupational Therapist, Portland Public Schools

Martha celebrates 30 years with Portland Public Schools this year as a registered occupational therapist, serving special education students with a variety of intellectual, emotional, physical, and motor (movement) needs. Martha currently serves children in K-12 at 10 PPS schools. Prior to joining PPS, Martha worked in a residential facility for adults with intellectual disabilities. She received her bachelor of science in occupational therapy from the University of Puget Sound.

Martha joined The Shadow Project’s Teacher Advisory Board in the fall of 2015, and is collaborating with Shadow and other PPS occupational therapists to advise and implement best practices for students who utilize the organization’s SuperSensory Literacy spaces. Most recently, Martha joined Shadow for a community service activity with the Portland Timbers, making sensory tools from pencil pouches and water bottles.

The Shadow Project is a motivator in almost all the schools she serves, says Martha. “I have seen Shadow Bucks (goal-driven paper incentives) used in nearly all of the schools I visit, and have witnessed the excitement students have when they get to “shop” in their school’s Shadow Store,” she said.