Submission Date


Document Type

Entry Level Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

First Mentor

Megan Bellittera


My 16-week capstone experience was completed at Bayshore Elementary School under the supervision of my mentor who is an occupational therapist. I administered assessments, provided interventions, documented sessions, and attended Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings for a population ranging from preschool to fifth grade. The primary skills focused on during occupational therapy sessions included body awareness, motor planning, strengthening, handwriting, attention to task, play skills, and self-regulation. Three main objectives of this experience included completing the day-to-day responsibilities of a school-based occupational therapist while maintaining current knowledge on policies and procedures within the Manatee County School System, conducting a literature review to generate handwriting interventions supported by current evidence, and creating a sensory break room on school grounds while adhering to COVID-19 precautions. Achievement of these objectives helps to meet the needs of this school which include creating effective, evidence-based handwriting interventions and incorporating movement breaks for students due to decreased recess time following COVID-19.