Date of Award


Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Dr. Kinsuk Maitra

Second Advisor

Dr. Jennifer Nelson


GiGi’s Playhouse is a national nonprofit organization that provides free resources, services, and support to individuals with Down syndrome, serving families from prenatal diagnoses through adulthood, in a community-based setting. This doctoral capstone experience (DCE) sought to further expand and improve upon current adult programming to address an existing identified area of need within a progressively increasing aging and adult population. In partnership with GiGi’s Playhouse Atlanta, this capstone project included the careful selection and development of a program outline guide to expand the existing curriculum for the adult program known as “GiGi Prep.” The purpose of this capstone project was to develop a purposeful program expansion with adapted resources to support participation in instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), life skills, and healthy living habits to promote independence for adults with Down syndrome. The capstone student developed a program guide outline to supplement the existing curriculum in an effort to further emphasize skills related to living independently, gaining or maintaining employment, and facilitating health, wellness, and success in the transitional stage of early adulthood.

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