American Occupational Therapy Association


The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is the national professional association representing the interests of over 100,000 occupational therapy practitioners, researchers, educators, and students of occupational therapy. AOTA's mission is to enhance the quality, use, availability and support of OT through advocacy, standard-setting, education, and research.

Message from Sandy Schefkind, MS, OTR/L, Pediatric Program Manager, Professional Affairs Division, AOTA

"AOTA congratulates Dr Bazyk on launching the Every Moment Counts website and is pleased to note the many successes affiliated with this initiative. We are proud to be a partner with Dr Bazyk in building community and capacity."

Join AOTA to access a full array of educational resources and supports including the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and the Special Interest Section quarterlies.

  • How can I get involved? As an AOTA member, you can join many pediatric groups and/or activities. AOTA pediatric workgroups operate using a community of practice approach and meet virtually to discuss topics of mutual concern and develop resources to advance practice. Monthly pediatric virtual chats, led by content experts, are recorded and available for playback.
  • What AOTA resources on Children and Youth are available? A wide range of pediatric resources are available on our website Topics include School Practice, Play, Mental Health, Transition, Autism, and Early Childhood. Resources include: tip sheets for caregivers, powerpoints for inservices, fact sheets for consumers, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for practitioners, evidence based reviews and more.
  • What AOTA resources and activities have been dedicated to addressing the mental health needs of children and youth?
  1. AOTA Practice Guideline – A systematic review of literature associated with occupational therapy, children and youth, and mental health promotion, prevention and intervention (Bazyk & Arbesman, 2013)
  2. School Mental Health Toolkit – free, downloadable information sheets on a variety of topics such as: Social and Emotional Learning, Anxiety, Depression, Grief & Loss, Cafeteria, Recess, and Bully Prevention.