OTD Capstone Projects


This doctoral capstone project was completed through partnership with Middle Tennessee Christian School in Murfreesboro, TN. The focus of this project was development, implementation, and advocacy regarding pivotal occupational therapy principals in a school that does not offer school OT services. The goal of this project was implementation of the Zones of Regulation curriculum into Kindergarten - 2nd grade classrooms as well as development of a fine motor skills resource guide for teachers and parents. Zones of Regulation training sessions consisted of identifying emotions, categorizing these emotions into Zones, and discussing regulation tools that drive self regulation. Fine motor resource guides focused on grasp patterns, preparatory activities/proper posture for handwriting, environmental modifications for handwriting, Handwriting without Tears “crash course” and themed, developmental appropriate fine motor activities. Throughout this project, teachers were educated and trained on the importance of fine motor skill and emotional regulation development while in early grade levels.

Publication Date

Spring 4-25-2023

Faculty Mentor

Katy Schmidt OTD, OTR/L


Occupational Therapy, School of


Health Sciences & Nursing, Gordon E. Inman College of

Document Type



Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Degree Level


Degree Grantor

Belmont University


emotional regulation, fine motor, handwriting, zones of regulation, occupational therapy