Date of Award


Document Type

Oral Presentation/Poster

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Faculty Mentor

Karen Hebert, PHD, OTR/L


transition, adolescents, occupational therapy, group program

Subject Categories

Occupational Therapy


This capstone project is focused on program development in the area of life/work skills for adolescents in a special education setting. The specific interest was in transition skills for adolescents, or skills that promote independence in ADLs, IADLs, and leisure, and work activities following formal education. The goal of this project was to develop work programming as an intervention to teach transition skills to adolescents in a special education classroom setting. The programming developed was based on programming the special education classroom has used in the past. Programming was modified to take an occupational therapy lens to reach the goal of promoting optimal work and social skill acquisition for the participants through running a school store for mainstream students and faculty in the school setting. Students demonstrated varying acquisition in both work and social skills after 10 weeks of transitional skills programming.