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The West Virginia Occupational Therapy Association is a non-profit organization with volunteers that encompasses professionals within the community


What exactly is occupational therapy, aka OT?

Is it like physical therapy? Is it helping people find jobs?

Well, it could be. But it's way more than that. I think a better question would be “what isn’t OT?”

The term occupation refers to any meaningful activity that occupies your time. Literally. Anything. Not just your job. Is brushing your teeth meaningful for you? You might not think so... Until you are no longer able to do it, and then all of a sudden brushing your teeth becomes the most important thing in the world to you.

paperwhite bloomsPaperwhites, or Narcissus tazetta, are those fragrant, winter-blooming bulbs that are grown indoors. Inside each bulb is everything that's needed to produce a living bouquet of beautiful flowers. Simply put the bulbs in a container, add water, and they'll be blooming in just 3 to 4 weeks. These lovely flowers are the birth flower for those born in December and symbolizes good wishes, faithfulness and respect.  More, for many of us, paperwhites are the bright blossoms of hope, blooms that burst forward in defiance of the winter solstice, midwinter, when earth’s poles tilt to their farthest arc away from the sun. Midwinter, the sun at her lowest as might be one’s spirits  too at the longest and darkest of days.

wvota award pictureDelegate Barbara Evans Fleischauer and Delegate Amy Summers both received awards this past weekend from the WV Occupational Therapy Association. Delegate Fleischauer, D-Monongalia is a former Vice Chair of the House Health and Human Resources Committee. Delegate Summers, R-Taylor, is the current Vice Chair.

The WV Occupational Therapy Association (WVOTA) held its annual meeting at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center in Morgantown on Saturday, October 13, 2018. The organization awarded its “Spirit of the WVOTA Award” to the two delegates because of their work on Senate Bill 273, which relates to reducing the problems of opiate abuse in West Virginia. The Delegates made sure that occupational therapists were among the health professionals who are licensed and compensated to provide care for patients with opioid addiction.


WVOTA joined AOTA and occupational therapy practitioners, educators, and students across the country as we help others Live Life To Its Fullest by avoiding the pain and injury that can come from heavy backpacks and bags. Students, parents, educators, school administrators, and community members will learn safety tips to stay protected from back pain throughout life. You have the chance to help by organizing local events and educating people of all ages about proper bag usage. Teach others how to properly choose, pack, lift, and carry various types of bags—including backpacks, purses, briefcases, and suitcases. 

We typically celebrate AOTA’s National School Backpack Awareness Day annually on the third Wednesday of each September. This year's event will officially take place on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

I'd like to thank Sarah Merritt for her contribution to the state and the association. Sarah has decided to step down from the position of Vice Presideint of WVOTA at this time but will remain an active member, contritbuting in new ways. And, we'll all see Sarah at confernce this fall!

When an office is vacated prior to the term's end, the executive committee will appoint a replacement to serve the remainder of the term (in this case, 1 year).  If you are interested in being considered or would like more information, please let me know (  

WVOTA is working on some very exciting initiatives and the new VP will have the opportunity to contribute to the state and the profession at a time when we are poised to make a big impact!  

 Did you know you can access (for free) exciting cutting edge research?  

The Journal of Occupational Therapy Education (JOTE) is an open access, peer reviewed journal publshed by EKU facultyand devoted solely to publishing research and other relevant information related to occupational therapy and occupational science education. You can read the lastest issues here

The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy (OJOT) is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal with a mission to publish high quality articles that focus on applied research, practice, and education in the occupational therapy profession. You can access the journal here:  If you subscribe to OJOT (again, free) they will send you an email to let you know when new issues are published. 


The WVOTA Annual Conference

This 2-day Fall conference is your up-close and personal opportunity to learn how WVOTA and AOTA are working to safeguard and advance your OT practice! Earn contact hours, network, and gain free $ towards NBCOT. Food and drinks provided!

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