Capstone Project (Open Access)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Human Development and Family Studies
Due to their placement in the foster care system, foster children face a higher likelihood of future negative outcomes. Typically, foster youth behave more aggressively, lack social-adaptive skills, and struggle with emotion regulation (Deutsch, Lynch, Zlotnik, Matone, Kreider, & Noonan, 2015). To help resolve these behavioral difficulties, foster youth must learn life skills and social skills. At Chamberlain’s Children Center, I will engage the children in a series of activities, focusing on the life skills associated with meal time. For the last activity, the children will invite staff members and peers to a final dinner, providing them an opportunity to showcase their newfound skills. The participants will be able to demonstrate mealtime etiquette and manners, starting a dinner conversation, and setting the table for themselves and their guest.
Swezey, Karen, "Developing Life Skills to Eliminate Negative Behaviors Among Foster Youth" (2018). Capstone Projects and Master's Theses. 250.