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This capstone project seeks to define the role of occupational therapy in supporting a high school to college and career transition program by providing occupation-based interventions for the unique needs of students in the classroom. Using the KAWA Model, the students begin on a journey of self-discovery to identify the individual supports, strengths and barriers that help them to understand the factors that influence their life. In this process, the KAWA Model attempts to merge the holistic approach that is common in the western themes of occupational therapy with the expectations and trajectory that is common of a secondary student in the US. With this personal knowledge and understanding, students, parents, teachers, and other transition staff can use a database of colleges and narrow the list to ensure a successful match for each student.

Publication Date

Fall 12-2022


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences


Occupational therapy, KAWA model, post-secondary transition programs, high school transition programs, college and career readiness

Medical Subject Headings

Students, Learning Disabilities, Well-Being, Occupational Therapy, Universities, Databases--Factual


Disability and Equity in Education | Higher Education | Occupational Therapy


Poster presented at the Fall 2022 Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences December 2-9, 2022.

Occupational Therapy's Role in Transition Planning for Students with Learning Differences and the Significance of the KAWA Model



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