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Library Orientation for Occupational Therapy (OT)

This guide includes several occupational therapy resources and information to assist you with your research.

Occupational Therapy Websites

  • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
    • "The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is the national professional association established in 1917 to represent the interests and concerns of occupational therapy practitioners and students of occupational therapy and to improve the quality of occupational therapy services."-AOTA
    • "The American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable, scientific and educational organization founded in 1965. It serves the public interest by supporting occupational therapy research and increasing public understanding of the important relationship between everyday activities (occupations) and health.  It accomplishes its aims primarily through grants and scholarships, through programs, and through publications."-AOTF
    • There are assessment tools and forms for occupational therapists, that available on this website.
    • "The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) is the national organization that supports the more than 17,000 occupational therapists (OTs) who work or study in Canada."-CAOT
    • " CAOT works with members and stakeholders to develop and disseminate evidence-informed tools that meet an expressed need, whether the output is in the form of a resource or a reference."-Practice Tools, CAOT
    • "A National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) study of U.S. entry level practitioners asked respondents to indicate their top three frames of reference. The Model of Human Occupation was identified by 11 percent of practitioners. According to the NBCOT report, it was the occupation-based model most frequently used by practitioners and its use is comparable to that of other major occupational therapy models [e.g., biomechanical (17%), neurodevelopmental (14%) sensory integration (13%)]." -
    • "The World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) began with formal discussions at a meeting of occupational therapists held in England in June 1951, at which there were 28 representatives from various countries."-WFOT
Credit: Grand Valley State University Libraries, Occupational Therapy,

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