The state consultant for students with brain injury serves in a variety of ways to support and improve access to the appropriate provision of educational services in the schools. This includes consultation and technical assistance, provision of continuing professional education, and information dissemination concerning the latest researched-based practices and methods for students with brain injury.
Services may consist of telephone consultation, review of medical and school records, and, if needed, on-site visits to schools.
Brain Injury Consultant
Amy Goddard, MS, OTR/L, CBIS
Amy is the consultant for students with brain injury. She received her bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University and a master’s degree from Mt. Mary University. She is registered by the National Board of Certification for Occupational Therapy and licensed by the Arkansas State Medical Board. Amy is certified as a brain injury specialist from the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists.
Amy began her career practicing in the post-acute rehabilitation and school settings working with neurodiverse clients. She transitioned to the Children’s Rehabilitation Center at Easterseals Arkansas for several years where she was therapy director and managed an inpatient staff of therapists, therapy aides, and a rehabilitation technologist. She joined Easterseals Outreach in 2010 where she worked as an occupational therapy consultant and assistive technology specialist, leading two state-level projects. She has presented at the state and national level on various topics including assistive technology, self-regulation, feeding/swallowing, apraxia, autism, and brain injury.
Amy was appointed by Governor Beebe to serve on the Traumatic Brain Injury Task Force in 2006. Governor Hutchinson appointed her to serve on the Governor’s Commission on People with Disabilities where she sat on the executive board. She represents Arkansas on the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) state leaders in school-based therapy community of practice and on the State Leaders of Assistive Technology in Education group (SLATE).
Amy’s research interests include multi-tiered systems of support, systems change, brain injury, assistive technology, and school-based occupational and physical therapy. Amy and her husband Clayton have three boys and live on a small farm in Cabot.