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This project consists of school site observations and needs assessment data used to gain a better understanding of the various types of creative expression engaged in during the school day and to determine the form, function, and meaning of creative expression to students at a school for students with learning differences. This study discusses to the creation of a creative expression program created to help meet the sensory need demonstrated by this population of students on campus throughout the school day. The importance of zentangle based art use as a sensory regulation strategy in a school setting is discussed as well as taking a form, function, and meaning approach to bring meaningful art to the art classroom.

Publication Date

Summer 8-9-2023


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

Medical Subject Headings

Learning Disabilities, Learning Differences, Occupational Science, Occupational Therapy, Sensory Processing


Art Practice | Disability Studies | Fine Arts | Occupational Therapy


Poster presented at the Summer 2023 Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on August 2-9, 2023

The Form, Function, and Meaning of Creative Expression