Welcome to the DOTAonline.org website!
Delaware Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (DOTA) is the official state affiliate of the
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) for the State of Delaware.
We are individual Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, OT Teachers, and OT Students.
According to the AOTA, Occupational therapy is a science-driven, evidence-based profession that enables
people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health and prevent
(or live better
with) illness, injury or disability.
Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants work with people of all ages who,
because of physical, developmental, social, or emotional problems, need
specialized assistance to lead productive and satisfying lives. Occupational
Therapy differs from
because OT deals not just with muscles and bones and injuries. OT deals in the practice of teaching patients how to live
their own life to the fullest capacity!
Practitioners must complete supervised clinical internships in a variety of health care settings, and pass a
national examination. Delaware, like most other states, also regulates occupational therapy practice.
In today's health care and social landscape, occupational therapy practitioners
work in the following six broad areas of practice.
- Children and Youth
- Health and Wellness
- Mental Health
- Productive Aging
- Rehabilitation, Disability and Participation
- Work and Industry
Fri., May 17 - Sat. May 18, 2013, DOTA Annual Conference and Business Meeting, See
Events Tab for details.
We have applied for one CE unit for Friday of
the conference and 6 CE units for Saturday of the conference.
- Sign up/Renew your AOTA membership on-line at www.AOTA.org.
AOTA membership provides CEU's and resource material at a discount for members, build your credentials with
specialty certification options. AJOT and OT Practice keep you up to date on evidence based practice, provides resources,
topical newsletters, OT Search, listservs and access to the Wilma West Library. Special interest sections provide a
wide network of communities to support and involve you. (summarized from AOTA Flyer "Yes. This Really Works")
DOTA offers academic scholarships
- The Delaware Occupational Therapy Association is pleased to
offer Academic Scholarships to students pursuing our profession.
There are two scholarships available on a competitive basis this
school year (2013/14). One is a $1000 award for an OT student
and one is a $600 award for an OTA student.
Click here for
a scholarship application packet. Completed applications must
be postmarked no later than Dec. 1, 2013.
Study Group Goals of the
Pediatric Special Interest Group and the Adult Special Interest Group:
- Participants will demonstrate understanding of evidence-based
practice as it relates to Occupational Therapy.
- Participants will be able to competently utilize techniques and
strategies in various Occupational Therapy settings.
- Participants will indentify appropriate topics for further
investigation and discussion.
- Promote evidence-based practice in Occupational Therapy.
There are lots of reasons why you should join the DOTA. And anyone can become a member!
There are different kinds of membership depending on your interests. You can
download the application here. Print it out and send it back along with your dues (see chart for
appropriate amount). Please make all checks payable to the Delaware Occupational Therapy Association and send
to DOTA, c/o Nicole Schmidt, 1798 Lenape Unionville Rd.,
West Chester PA 19382.