OTD Capstone Projects


This doctoral capstone project focused on creating educational tools and resources for students, leaders, and coaches involved in Nashville Young Life Capernaum. Young Life Capernaum is a longstanding organization that is built on serving young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The goal was not to change what they are doing but to supply practical skills and knowledge on topics such as self-regulation, behavior management, accommodations, and appropriate language use to increase participation and inclusivity of all stakeholders involved. The results were guidebooks, specifically made for Capernaum leaders, coaches, and students, that attempt to encompass common questions and frequently needed skills. These guidebooks will be used by Capernaum coaches and students while they are serving at summer camp, and by leaders in everyday interactions with their Capernaum friends.

Publication Date

Spring 4-25-2023

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Sue Iliff


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


intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD); Young Life Capernaum; self-regulation; behavior management; adaptations; accommodations; language; participation; inclusivity