OTD Capstone Projects


The focus of this capstone project was to create a pediatric manual wheelchair skills group for the Vanderbilt Pediatric Seating & Mobility Clinic. Most current literature focuses on adult manual wheelchair mobility skills programs and this project seeks to contribute to the resources for the pediatric population. This was done through collaboration with stakeholders, review of manual wheelchair skills programs already developed, a literature review to identify skills needed for independent functional mobility and assessments of skills, and acquisition of manual wheelchair skills. The result was a handbook including both beginner and advanced pathways with instructions for skill acquisition and accompanying activities, identification of pre and post assessments, investigation into clinic payment models, and development of marketing materials.

Publication Date

Spring 4-4-2022

Faculty Mentor

Teresa Plummer, PhD, OTR/L, CAPS, CEAS, ATP


Occupational Therapy, School of


Health Sciences & Nursing, Gordon E. Inman College of

Document Type

Scholarly Project


Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Degree Level


Degree Grantor

Belmont University


manual wheelchair skills group; pediatric; wheelchair mobility skills; independent