The American Occupational Therapy Association
With approximately 42,000 members nationally, the AOTA was established in 1917 to represent the interests and concerns of occupational therapists and improve the quality of service in the field. AOTA’s also exists to educate the public and serve as an advocate to improve health care.
Illinois Occupational Therapy Association
ILOTA is the official representative organization for occupational therapists in the state of Illinois. They serve to advance the field and educate practitioners and the public, and facilitate a network of professionals who support the field in the state.
KidsHealth.org is a trusted resource for parents who are looking for information related to any aspect of their child’s health. KidsHealth provides comprehensive information without all the medical jargon.
STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder
STAR Institute is the premier treatment, research and education center for children and adults with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). This includes feeding disorders and other disorders with sensory issues such as autism and ADHD.
Autism Speaks is the world’s largest autism awareness, advocacy and research organization. This site offers resources for parents who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or suspect that their child may be affected.
Pathways is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering parents and pediatric professionals with information and tools to detect and support intervention for young children with a variety of health, communication and sensory and motor needs.
Therapro is a comprehensive online store for communication and sensory products to help children’s motor development. Consult a licensed OT for recommendations on the best products to use at home!
Zero to Three – National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families
Zero to Three is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of infants and toddlers. This site also contains a “school readiness” online tool for parents.