Date of Award
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
occupational therapy, remote program, parent carryover
The purpose of this capstone project was to create and implement the Governor Gains remote home program aimed at increasing parent involvement in home-based activities to promote academic performance among children with disabilities. This capstone experience was completed within the Pierre, SD Public School System, specifically with elementary-aged students. An occupational therapy student worked with a faculty mentor (OTD), site mentor(OTR/L), and interprofessional team (physical therapists, speech therapists, psychologists, and general and special education teachers) to complete this project. The capstone project began with advanced clinical practice then transitioned into program development. Governor Gains provided a focus on fine motor development and sensory regulation. The capstone project was guided and supported by the Person Environment Occupation and Sensory Integration theories. A trial period was implemented with families in the Pierre, SD school district to gather feedback for program modifications. The final outcomes of the project consisted of educational guided videos and handouts as well as positive parent and faculty feedback that supports the full implementation of Governor Gains.
Michels, Madison L., "Governor Gains: A Remote Program Connecting Home and School" (2021). Occupational Therapy Capstone Presentations. 27.