What is Occupational Therapy?
Do you know how it feels when your arm goes to sleep?
What would you do if it never woke up?
Recovering from an injury or illness often requires relearning to do many of the things that we take for granted; like brushing our teeth, dressing, and feeding ourselves. Occupational Therapists help people regain as much independence as possible. For more information on how to improve the quality of life for those with a disability, ask your doctor about a referral to an occupational therapist, or visit our OT Locator.
Welcome to the new GOTA OT Locator! GOTA has recognized the need to assist clients, families, and other therapists in the state of Georgia in finding occupational therapists when services are in need. The purpose of this new online search feature is two fold – primarily it serves as a referral source for professionals and the community when trying to locate practitioners but it also enhances our member benefits! We hope this will be a valuable tool for families and therapists throughout the state.
- To Begin: Get connected now! If you are looking for occupational therapy service providers in the state of Georgia simply click below to input your search criteria and retrieve your search results. This is a free service offered by GOTA! To expand your search results try altering your search criteria.
- To Join: It is free to be listed in the search, however to be a part of this wonderful feature you must be a GOTA member. If you are a member, then just contact the Executive Office to be added. Only the information you choose to provide via this form will be shown in the search results. Contact information is always kept confidential.
- To Be Removed: You may be removed from the database at any time. Please note that by removing yourself from the locator database you will not be terminating your GOTA membership – they are completely separate. To be removed, contact the Executive Office and notify them that you would like your information removed from the search database.
- To Update Information: If you need to change or update any of your information in the locator database you may contact the Executive Office with those changes.
Disclaimer: GOTA does not endorse any of the providers listed in these search results. Businesses and/or practitioners who appear within these listings do so voluntarily. Search result information is considered confidential and is for the use of other professionals and the community solely for referral purposes. This information is not to be harvested for solicitation purposes.
“Babies Can't Wait (BCW) is Georgia's statewide interagency service delivery system for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities and their families. BCW is established by Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) which guarantees all eligible children, regardless of their disability, access to services that will enhance their development. Additional information about IDEA and national efforts supporting the implementation of the early childhood provisions of the law is available through the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center.
The Georgia Department of Community Health, Division of Public Health is the lead agency administering the Babies Can't Wait Program in Georgia. The Division ensures that: services are provided in accordance with federal guidelines; families have access to the services which are needed to enhance their child's development; and training is available to ensure that professionals who work with children and families have up-to-date information.
Babies Can't Wait is administered through 19 District offices throughout the state. Through the 19 offices, children and families in every county in Georgia can access early intervention services. Anyone can refer a child to Babies Can't Wait. In order to refer a child to BCW for an evaluation, contact the district office which serves the county in which the child and family reside. You may use the Children With Special Needs Coordinator Contact List for information on how to reach local Babies Can't Wait Programs.
How to Contact the Program
BCW has a statewide directory of information managed by Parent-to-Parent, Inc. of Georgia. The directory provides information about the BCW Program located nearest to the child and family. To access the directory, call 1-800-229-2038 or (770) 451-5484 in Atlanta. The State BCW Office number is (404) 657-2726 or toll free: 1-888-651-8224. You may also use the
Children With Special Needs Coordinator Contact List for information on how to reach local Babies Can't Wait Programs.” - Above text taken from http://health.state.ga.us/programs/bcw/index.asp
During the past year, members of GOTA have asked questions regarding the new coaching model under development for the state Babies Can?t Wait (IDEA Part C) early intervention system. These questions have been posed to Leslie Jackson, Federal Affairs Representative and Practice Associate of AOTA and staff from the state office for Babies Can’t Wait. Click here to view this information.
For current information regarding Babies Can't Wait advocacy, visit our Tri-Alliance section.