Early Intervention & School SIS

The Early Intervention & School Special Interest Section (EISSIS) 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. EISSIS was created as the School System SIS in 1994 and renamed in 2009 to reflect its broader scope. 

The EISSIS 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 EISSIS 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 EI 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.


EISSIS Quarterly articles (open to all members)

SIS Quarterly Practice Connections publication (open to all members) 

Member Questions about EI and Member Questions about Schools

EISSIS Discussion Forum 

Adolescent Transition Services Forum 

To join EISSIS, contact AOTA Membership at 301-652-2682, ext. 2769 or toll-free at 1-800-SAY-AOTA (1-800-729-2682).

EISSIS Standing Committee Members (Term of Office, 2015-2018)

Patricia Laverdure Pam Stephenson
Patricia Laverdure, OTD, OTR/L, BCP: Chairperson Pam Stephenson, OTD, MS, OTR/L: Professional Development Coordinator (Forums)



Joanna Cosbey

Francine Seruya

Joanna Cosbey, PhD, OTR/L: Professional Development Coordinator (Education/Research) Francine M. Seruya, PhD, OTR/L: Quarterly Editor