Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2024

Document Type

Oral Presentation/Poster

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Health Science

Faculty Mentor

Karen Hebert


peer-mediated, peer-program, adolescents, high school, pediatrics, inclusion, social participation, art program, art therapy, occupational therapy

Subject Categories

Occupational Therapy


The purpose of this 14-week capstone project was to explore the impact of a peer-mediated art program on the social and occupational experiences of students with disabilities. This program was designed and implemented to promote inclusion of students with disabilities by providing an opportunity to interact with typically developing peers within their school-context. The 7-week peer-mediated art program was embedded into a startup peer-program at a high school. A total of 10 participants (4 from special education) were recruited to complete the study. Students met for three 45-minute sessions and one 90-minute session each week as part of the program’s weekly curriculum, with students participating in at least 2 art sessions a week. The Social Participation and Anxiety Scale was administered with special education participants and the Survey on Attitudes towards Persons with Disabilities survey was administered with general education students pre- and post-program. There were notable improvements in all supported students’ social participation and anxiety, and peer helpers demonstrated a more positive outlook regarding peers with disabilities after participating in this program.



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