This doctoral capstone project was completed through a partnership with Nashville Dolphins. The Nashville Dolphins offer free swim lessons and swim team programs for children and adults with disabilities. They serve over 300 participants each season and the programs are entirely run by volunteers. The focus of this project was to identify current needs and develop more volunteer training resources. These resources incorporate; sensory processing strategies, behavior management techniques, visual schedule information, communication strategies, description of specific water properties, skill development tips, equipment recommendations, and general tips for teaching children with disabilities. Volunteers were provided with a resource guide and in water training during the lessons.
Elena Espiritu, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR
Occupational Therapy, School of
Health Sciences & Nursing, Gordon E. Inman College of
Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
adaptive aquatics; Nashville; swim lessons; swim team; inclusive sports; adaptive sports; volunteer; disabilities
Barnickel, Caitlin, "Nashville Dolphins Volunteer Training Development" (2023). OTD Capstone Projects. 134.