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What Is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy is an applied science and health profession that provides skilled treatment to help individuals develop, regain or maintain the skills necessary to participate in all facets of their lives.  Occupational therapy gives people the “skills for the job of living” necessary for living meaningful and satisfying lives.

In school, occupational therapy practitioners help students to learn, play and interact with others.  Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants can help students to participate and enjoy everyday activities at school.

Information from the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. 5/05

Hot Topic

Occupational therapy practitioners are trained in ergonomics.  Ergonomics is the study of workers and their interactions in the workplace environment. Following are two articles that give strategies to parents and students on ergonomics in the school.

Healthy Computing for Today’s Kids and Backpack Awareness
These articles are located at www.aota.org
-Click on Consumer tip sheets under the Welcome tab on left side of screen
-Under Children, click on desired article

Links To Consumer Help and Organizations

Assistive Technology and Assistive Technology Lending Library

Attention Deficit

  • Attention Deficit Information Network, Inc.  PO Box 790, Plymouth, MA 02362-0013
  • Attention Deficit Disorder Association, 19262 Jamboree Boulevard, Irvine, CA 92715; www.add.org
  • Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder, 499 NW 70th Ave, Ste. 308 Plantation, FL 33322; www.chaad.org



Developmental Disabilities

  • American Association on Mental Retardation, 1719 Kalorama Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009-2684, (202) 387-1968, (900) 424-3688; www.aamr.org
  • Arc Northwest in Bemidji (Assistive Technology Lending Library), 1819 Bemidji Ave, Bemidji MN 56601, (218) 759-0097; www.arcminnesota.com/assistive.htm
  • Council For Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091-1589, 1-800-328-0272; www.cec.sped.org
  • Consortium of Developmental Disabilities Council, 8845 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria, VA 22308-2850, 703-780-1225; www.cddc.org
  • Down Syndrome Interest Group, 3296 Roxbury Road Hatfield, PA 19440, 215-822-5939
  • National Down Syndrome Society, PO Box 3329, Oakton, VA, 703-938-4041; www.ndss.org
  • National Organization on Disability (NOD), 910 16th Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006, (202) 293-5960, (800) 248-2253, (202) 293-5968; www.nod.org

Disability Rights/Resources

  • Americans with Disabilities Act; www.ada.gov
  • President’s Committee on Employment of People With Disabilities, 1331 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004-1107, 202-376 6200; www.50.pcepd.gov/pcepd/

Disabled Persons

  • Clearinghouse on Disability Information Office on Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Room 3132, Switzer Building 330 C Street, SW, Washington, DC  20202-2524, 202-732-1723
  • Disability-Related Resources on the Internet (discussion lists, electronic newsletters, usenet discussion groups, and World Wide Web sites; www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/DRR/
  • The DRM Regional Resource Directory: Minnesota; www.disabilityresources.org/MINNESOTA.html
  • Easter Seals, 700 13th Street, Washington DC 20005, 202-347-3066; www.easter-seals.org

Head Injury

Learning Disabilities

  • American Academy of Pediatrics, 141 Northwest Point Blvd., PO Box 927, Elk Grove Village, IL 60009, 708-228-5005; www.aap.org
  • Learning Disabilities Association of America, 4156 Library Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15234; www.Idanatl.org
  • National Center for Learning disabilities, 381 Park Avenue South, Suite 1420, New York, NY 10016, 212-545-7510; www.ncld.org


Muscular Dystrophy

Occupational Therapy

  • The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.; www.aota.org


  • Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare (Provides medical, technical, psychosocial and other expertise and service to people who have physical and functional disabilities); www.gillettechildrens.org
  • Parents Helping Parents, 3041 Olcott Street, Santa Clara, CA 95054-3222, 408-727-5775; www.php.com
  • National Organization for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, 1815 H Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006, (202) 785-4585; www.nofas.org
  • National Parent Network on Disabilities, 1130 17th Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036, 202-463-2299; www.npnd.org
  • OT Kids; www.alaska.net/~otkids/
  • Shriners, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 3607, 800-237-5055; www.shriners.com

Sensory Integration

Spina Bifida

  • Spina Bifida Association of America, 4590 MacArthur Blvd. NW #250, Washington, DC 20007, 1-800-621-3141; www.sbaa.org

Spinal Cord Injury



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