Holly Bramlett, OTR/L
I’m a pediatric occupational therapist with experience providing therapy services in outpatient clinics, children’s homes, daycares, private schools, and gymnastics facilities. I am licensed by the Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy and certified by NBCOT. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Science from the University of Georgia and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University.
My wholehearted championing of children of all abilities began well before my education in occupational therapy. After devoting most of my teen years to competitive gymnastics, the high-impact stress took a toll on my body so I called it quits. My persistent love for the sport led me to coach recreational gymnastics classes for children – some of which happened to have special needs. I looked forward to coaching these children the most. Their sense of pride when they accomplished a challenge gave me so much joy.
In college, I worked as a personal care attendant for a young woman with muscular dystrophy and as a summer camp counselor for children with disabilities. These experiences inspired my dedication to improving their quality of life. But I was at a loss in finding a career to pursue this goal until a particularly wild little boy started OT sessions at camp. I observed his OT’s gentle demeanor and innovative strategies in amazement. She seemingly transformed the child's out-of-control energy into calm, purposeful, and playful interaction with others and his environment. As I learned more about the profession, I had no doubt OT was the right path for me.
Through clinical rotations, I have OT experience in varied settings: the Brain Injury Association of GA, a day rehab program for adults with severe mental illness, multiple pediatric outpatient clinics, and acute care in a level 1 trauma/ advanced primary stroke hospital . For the last several years I've focused on refining my pediatric skillset. I have helped build a foundation for success in children of all ages with developmental delays, autism, sensory processing disorders, ADHD, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, etc.
Committed to staying up to date with current evidence-based research, I maintain memberships in the American Occupational Therapy Association and the GA Occupational Therapy Association. I have extensive training in sensory processing and I am a credentialed Level 1 Advanced Mentored Clinician through the STAR Institute in Denver, Colorado. Additionally, I have continued education in early intervention for children aged 0 to 3, Handwriting Without Tears, SOS Feeding approach, the Astronaut Program, primitive reflex integration, and the DIR model Floortime approach.
I am passionate about increasing children’s intrinsic motivation to engage and actively participate in therapy, resulting in increased progress towards individualized goals and optimal functional outcomes. Using a child-centered and holistic approach, I address sensory processing, self-regulation, and motor development, enabling children to reach their full potential.
What sets my therapeutic process apart from others is my emphasis on forming strong therapeutic connections with children and creating ‘out of the box’ play-based interventions. These are structured to expand upon strengths and foster the development of challenging skills. I strive to maintain a perspective of curiosity, nurture a growth mindset, and instill a sense of confidence in every child.
In my free time, I enjoy running, hiking, exploring new coffee shops, and spending time with family, friends, and my golden-doodle, Remi.