Date of Award
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Dr. Jessica McHugh
organization-level occupational therapy consultation approach, autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, museum access
The Capstone Experience aimed to increase art museum access for visitors with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and sensory processing disorder (SPD) while utilizing an organization-level occupational therapy consultation approach (Umenda et al., 2017). A partnership was established with the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) located in Minneapolis, MN, to carry out the Capstone Experience purpose. The 14-week Capstone Experience was guided by four objectives and multiple learning activities aimed to achieve the overarching purpose. The occupational therapy student (OTS) became more familiar with the organization while also expanding knowledge on the role of occupational therapy within a museum setting through supplemental training and site visits. Development of Mia’s Sensory Map, Visual Schedules, Handout for Caregivers, Studio Sensory Kits, and social narratives were also created to improve the experience for visitors with ASD and SPD. Multiple trainings were additionally provided to museum staff members to facilitate knowledge on ASD and SPD while also to provide knowledge on the developed tools. The outcomes of this partnership included completion of all four learning objectives and sustainable tools to better support individuals with ASD and SPD when visiting Mia.
Harpenau, Paige, "An Organization-Level Occupational Therapy Consultation Approach: Increasing Art Museum Access for Visitors with Autism Spectrum and Sensory Processing Disorders" (2020). Occupational Therapy Capstone Presentations. 13.