Children & Youth

To support the Centennial Vision, AOTA has identified Children and Youth as a key practice area for the 21st century. Pediatric occupational therapy practitioners support societal needs by providing services to infants, toddlers, children, and youth and their families in a variety of settings including schools, clinics, and homes. With the new IDEA regulations, occupational therapy practitioners are also participating in broad new initiatives such as early intervening services and Response to Intervention.

We hope the resources below will help you in your practice. If you have additional questions, try posting them on OTConnections, a community for occupational therapy practitioners just like you. If you are an AOTA member, you are already signed up with OTConnections! Just use your member login and password for the AOTA Web site to access OTConnectionsLearn About Pediatric Workgroups 

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Webinar

"Neurodevelopmental and Psychosocial Issues in Children with Congenital Heart Defects: Expected Not Accepted" on Nov 12, 2015 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM EST. Children with Congenital Heart Defects (CHDs) are at increased risk for neurodevelopmental and psychosocial issues; they are also more likely to receive special education services. Register today to learn more about current evidence, the importance of periodic screening and evaluation, and strategies to enhance outcomes for children with CHDs.

Featured Documents:

Fact Sheets: The Role of OT

AOTA Fact Sheets

Designed for practitioners and other professionals to explain the role and scope of occupational therapy. Find our fact sheets here.

Tips for Living

Tips for living

Brief Tip Sheets to help people cope with a variety of health conditions and explain how occupational therapy can help. Find our tips sheets here.

Evidence-Based Practice

Evidence Children & Youth

Find evidence-based practice info and the latest research to guide your practice.

Other Resources

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Find apps for Children & Youth here. Check out what we've identified as emerging niches in the Children & Youth practice area

AOTA Official Documents

AOTA Official Documents

Informative documents on the role and scope of occupational therapy services. Get AOTA's Official Documents here

Special Interest Sections

Members: Browse SIS Quarterly Newsletters

Read the Special Interest Section Quarterly newsletters related to Children & Youth: Early Intervention & School, Sensory Integration, and Developmental Disabilities.