Cardboard Basics in Adaptive Design (Day 1)
Tuesday 19 August, 9:30 AM 2014 to 3:30 PM 2014
313 West 36th Street, New York, NY, 10018 (View Map)

Day 1 of a 3-day series:

Ideal for Occupational and Physical Therapists, Teachers, and Parents

Earn 0.5 AOTA Continuing Education Units* or 6 NYPTA Contact Hours

Participants conduct a self-guided tour of customized equipment and view a film short outlining 2 case studies. Participants learn basic construction techniques for single-layer cardboard and safe hand tool use. Participants individually make a pen holder; then in small groups, design and build a mock-up seat insert with appropriate features such as laterals and footrests, providing justification for the adaptation.

Course includes a 1 hour lunch break. Bring your own or purchase from a variety of nearby locations.

Following completion of this 1-day course, participants will be able to:

  • State the importance of proactively identifying user-specific adaptive equipment needs.
  • List at least one potential adaptation from 3 of the categories, including:¬† Positioning (multiple options), Communication (expressive, receptive, formal, informal, etc.), ADL's (feeding, dressing, toileting, self-care), Mobility and Sensory Integration, Pre-vocations, Play and Recreation, Art and Music.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the properties, strength, and applications of single-layer cardboard by executing basic carpentry techniques and hand tool use appropriate for single-layer cardboard.
  • Increase capacity to write justifications for custom-made adaptive devices that include:
    • How the client is functioning without the device
    • Why that functional level is problematic--listing 2 or 3 consequences that negatively impact physical, social, academic, emotional or other developmental growth
    • Projections of benefits expected to prevent the 2 or 3 negative consequences listed above.
  • Identify at least 2 pieces of adaptive equipment that will benefit a client on the caseload.
  • Practice collaboration when working as a team member.
  • Please call 212/904-1200 for any additional information.

    Cardboard Basics in Adaptive Design is Day 1 of a 3-day series, Adaptive Devices Made to Fit, in which participants learn basic construction techniques for single-layer and tri-wall cardboard and safe hand and power tool use to make a basic adaptation and a user-specific adaptation with justification.

    After Day 1, in preparation for Day 2, participants select either a monitor stand, footrest, or easel to build for a client on their caseloads; gather user-specific information necessary for building the adaptation; and draft a brief justification.

    Day 2, Making Adaptive Equipment Work (Usually given on Wednesdays): Participants present and discuss justifications and adaptation information. Participants learn tri-wall carpentry techniques and safe power tool use. Participants build selected basic adaptation and submit a finalized justification for it.

    In preparation for Day 3, participants revise justifications or create new ones if selecting a different adaptation to build on Day 3, along with collecting new information.

    Day 3, Adaptive Devices: Made to Fit (Usually given on Thursdays): Participants share the basic user-specific adaptation selected, a brief description of case, and justification for selection. Participants construct the adaptation from start to finish and then present final work to the group.

    To register for Day 2 and Day 3, return to the ADA website or go to the Adaptive Design Events page on Eventbrite, after you complete your Day 1 registration.

    *The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

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