Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Zuleima Arevalo


Gateway Center of Monterey County, Inc. implemented the capstone project in the Senior Day Program in Pacific Grove. The social problem that is addressed in the capstone project is the lack of social interaction between the individuals served. Contributing factors that play a role in this social problem are developmental delays and intellectual disabilities. The lack of social interaction amongst individuals served leads to the consequences of loneliness and depression. The project will consist of two lesson plans that are focused on creating a social dialogue and social inclusion between the individuals at Gateway. Based on the findings and results there was an increase in social interaction when individuals were prompted to do so. This included follow up questions that individuals asked each other. Verbal prompts were also a key part in reminding individuals to keep eye contact or face each other. Recommendations that follow this capstone project are to have individuals served ask each other questions instead of direct support providers asking the individuals directly. This way social interaction is increased amongst the individuals served peers.

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