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I am a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Exceptional Student Education with a focus on Intellectual Disabilities (IDD). I taught children (ages 5-10 years old) with IDD and autism spectrum disorder for 3 years before going back to school. I attended Nova Southeastern University and graduated with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. During my time in school pursing my degree, I home-schooled two children with autism ages 9 and 10. I practiced as a pediatric occupational therapist for 5 years in a sensory integration clinic and in the school system. I have a unique perspective as I am also the mom of a child with autism and who spent 94 days in the NICU before coming home. I also was the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Director at a university for 8 and a half years in which I taught the following subjects: Introduction to Occupational Therapy, Human Development and Occupation, Psychiatric Disorders and Treatment, Group Dynamics, Therapeutic Media, Pediatric Disorders and Treatment, and Pre-Clinical. I also worked extensively with my faculty on the subjects they were assigned to teach. I have experience with test prep for the NBCOT exam for OTA students. I recently helped to develop a curriculum for adults with IDD in an adult day program and currently educate other individuals on how to implement the curriculum. I currently am working on my Ph.D. in Occupational Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. I firmly believe that all individuals can learn, and being creative while learning helps to achieve this. I strive to determine how individuals learn best and include that in my teaching strategies. I enjoy celebrating with the individuals I work with when they learn something new! Working with students, I currently have a 100% pass rate for students I have tutored

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Melissa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Central Florida - Bachelor of Science, Special Education

Graduate Degree: Nova Southeastern University - Master of Science, Occupational Therapy

Graduate Degree: Nova Southeastern University - Doctor of Philosophy, Occupational Therapy


In my spare time I enjoy reading, kayaking, biking, and gardening.

Tutoring Subjects

COTA / NBCOT - Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Elementary School

Elementary School English

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


Learning Differences



OTR / NBCOT - Occupational Therapist - Registered

Professional Certifications


Special Education


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