Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Ben Atchison

Second Advisor

Amy Wagenfeld


development, inclusivity, play, garden, nature, pediatrics, occupational therapy


This paper analyzes the opportunities for developmental enrichment, as provided by the Seattle Children’s PlayGarden, from the perspective of occupational therapy. The PlayGarden, located in Seattle, Washington, is an inclusive playground, preschool, and summer camp that promotes inclusion of children with disabilities. The analysis highlights each area of occupation, as identified in the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, and discusses the garden’s contribution to facilitate growth in those specific skills (American Occupational Therapy Association [AOTA], 2014). The intentionality of the design and program structure advocates for children to maximize their independence in activities of daily living, despite the play-based approach. A case study is provided to further illustrate the opportunities presented by the garden to support independence among children of all abilities, and the potential benefits of coupling these services with occupational therapy. The thesis also explains the intentionality of the garden’s design and how this concept could be replicated to implement a healthy lifestyle among the next generation.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access