Date of Award

Spring 5-3-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAEd)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Melody Milbrandt

Second Advisor

Kevin Hsieh

Third Advisor

Melanie Davenport


The intent of this study is to reveal essential elements learned by reflecting and analyzing the applied design process in developing a specialized garment for a child with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). I researched and determined the clothing needs of one child with SMA, designed and created a pair of adaptive pants based on the needs of the child, tested the final product through a trial wear of the adaptive pants, and I evaluated and revised the adaptive pants. Through this study I also determined ways in which my design process can inform my teaching of applied design in my elementary art classroom.