Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Andrea Young


Introduction: Post-secondary transitions encapsulate the stage of life between high school and adulthood where adolescents transition to college, technical school, work, or other options (Palmon et al., 2017). It is not uncommon for students to lack the skills and strategies needed for self-advocacy and self-determination, which are crucial to success throughout adulthood (Palmon et al., 2017). Upon reviewing current literature, it was identified that supportive transition services begin to diminish after secondary education ends (Kramer, 2015). A product that helps guide and support individuals transitioning to post-secondary education is beneficial and needed.

Methodology: Extensive research was completed through a literature review to determine current self-advocacy and self-determination education/training trends in post-secondary education settings. The information gathered was utilized to form the foundation of a self-advocacy and self-determination guide for college students. Additionally, the literature was carefully reviewed to support potential solutions or strategies to address the identified needs. The Model of Human Occupation (Kielhofner, 1985) is the guiding theory utilized to develop components of the final product.

Results: This product should serve as a resource to be provided by faculty at the community college to promote self-advocacy and self-determination for college students. The guide consists of five steps: self-assessment, goal setting, identification of barriers and potential strategies, and self-reflection on progress. The students themselves should utilize the guide independently to support their academic success at the college level.

Conclusion: The product will be distributed to students at the community college. The product aims to meet the needs of students transitioning to post-secondary education who present with difficulties in self-advocacy and self-determination. However, the product can be used by any student who may struggle with academic performance and success. Recommendations for future development, occupational therapy practice implications, strengths, and product limitations have been identified for implementation and sustainability.