Capstone Title

The Impact of Structured Groups on Skill Acquisition for Children with Learning Disabilities

Submission Date


Document Type

Entry Level Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

First Mentor

Melissa McGuigan, M.S., OTR/L


School-based occupational therapists support academic success within and outside the classroom through accommodations/strategies and modifications to student’s class environment. Children with learning disabilities face a variety of occupational challenges in school including completing class assignments, following school routines, tolerating unexpected/expected sounds, and developing/maintaining friendships. The purpose of this capstone experience was to gain clinical skills for school-based occupational therapy and to develop academic, social, and life skills lessons for children with learning disabilities as well as a parent newsletter with carryover activities and strategies. Achievement of these objectives address the gap and need for schools to provide services/education for children with learning disabilities more holistically addressing more than academic skills due to the depth and variation of students’ areas of deficit.

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