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Date of Award


Document Type

Oral Presentation/Poster

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Shana Cerny


trauma, life-skills, occupational therapy, program

Subject Categories

Occupational Therapy


The primary objective of this capstone experience was to develop and implement a life-skills program for children with experiences of trauma. A six-week program with a total of 12 sessions was implemented with clients on one of the residential units at Children’s Home Society. The expected outcome of this program was a decrease in occurrences of dysregulation that lead to the use of protective measures. To determine the program effectiveness, data was analyzed using the two standard deviation band method. This method of analysis was used to compare each client’s baseline dysregulation reports with reports that occurred throughout the first five weeks of program implementation. Five of the 18 clients demonstrated a statistically significant decrease in protective measure reports for two consecutive weeks. Seven additional clients demonstrated a decrease in protective measure reports, but did not meet the criteria of this data analysis method to be considered a significant decrease. One client demonstrated a statistically significant increase in protective measure reports. These findings provide supportive preliminary evidence for the efficacy of a trauma-informed life skills program; however, further implementation and modifications is needed to further validate its effectiveness.