Children & Youth Special Interest Section (SIS)

The Children & Youth Special Interest Section (formerly Early Intervention & School SIS) is dedicated to addressing the needs of practitioners serving in programs under Parts B and C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This includes infants, preschoolers, children, and adolescents. The Children & Youth SIS was created as the School System SIS in 1994 and renamed the Early Intervention & School SIS in 2009 to reflect its broader scope. 

The Children & Youth SIS promotes education, research, and legislation and policymaking that will enhance occupational therapy services to clients in early intervention and school programs. Through AOTA publications, continuing education offerings, and the Children & Youth SIS forum on OT Connections, members are provided opportunities for ensuring that their practice is current and evidence-based.

Committee Goals

The following goals were identified to assist practitioners working in schools and early intervention with aligning their practice with the AOTA Centennial Vision and Board priorities:

  • Provide information and resources needed to support current best practice and emerging practice in schools and early intervention.
  • Provide information and resources needed to support and encourage a shift to participation-based services within natural or least restrictive environments.
  • Provide information and resources needed to develop advocacy skills of practitioners so that they can more effectively address workplace issues.


SIS Quarterly Practice Connections publication (open to all members) 

Member Questions about Early Intervention and Member Questions about Schools

Children & Youth Forum (open to all members)

To join the Children & Youth SIS, contact AOTA Membership at 301-652-2682, ext. 2769 or toll-free at 1-800-SAY-AOTA (1-800-729-2682).

Children & Youth SIS Standing Committee Members (Term of Office, 2018-2021)

Pam Stephenson

Tiffany Bolton
Pam Stephenson, OTD, MS, OTR/L: Chairperson Tiffany Bolton, MOT, OTR/L; Communications Coordinator

Gretchen Ward, OTR/L: Advocacy and Policy Coordinator

Melisa Kaye, EdD(c), OTR/L, SIPT: Leadership and Management Coordinator

Tammy Dale, OTD, OTR/L: Professional Development Coordinator

Paula J. Thompson Costello, OTD, OTR/L: Quarterly Editor

Michelle Ann Suarez, PhD, OTR/L: Research Coordinator

Mindy Garfinkel, OTD, OTR/L, ATP: Technology Coordinator

Julie Diaz, MOT, OTR/L: Young Professionals Coordinator