Making Adaptive Equipment Work (Day 2)
Wednesday 20 August, 9:30 AM 2014 to 3:30 PM 2014
313 West 36th Street, New York, NY, 10018 (View Map)

Day 2 of a 3-day series:

PREREQUISITE:  Must take Day 1: Cardboard Basics in Adaptive Design before taking this course.

Ideal for Occupational and Physical Therapists, Teachers, and Parents

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

Participants present and discuss justifications and adaptation information gathered after Day 1. Participants learn tri-wall carpentry techniques and safe power tool use. Participants build the selected basic adaptation and submit a finalized justification for it.

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


Following completion of days 1 and 2 of this series, participants will be able to:

1. State the importance of proactively identifying user-specific adaptive equipment needs.

2. Utilize best practices while choosing and constructing mobility and seating adaptations.

3. List at least one potential adaptation from 3 categories: Positioning (multiple options), Communication (expressive, receptive, formal, informal), ADL’s (feeding, dressing, toileting, self-care), Mobility and Sensory Integration, Pre-vocation, Play and Recreation, Art and Music.

4. 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

5. Demonstrate understanding of the properties, strength, and applications of single-layer and tri-wall cardboard by executing basic carpentry techniques using hand and power tools appropriate for these materials.

6. Construct a basic adaptation for a hypothetical or actual client.

7. Practice collaboration when working as a team member.

Please call 212/904-1200 for any additional information.

Making Adaptive Equipment Work is Day 2 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.

Day 1, Cardboard Basics in Adaptive Design (Usually given on Tuesdays) 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. This course must be taken before Day 2.

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.

THIS COURSE, Day 2, Making Adaptive Equipment Work (Usually given on Wednesdays): See description above.

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.

If you have not already taken Day 1, please register for Day 1 before you complete your Day 2 registration by first by returning to the ADA website or going to the Adaptive Design Events page on Eventbrite.  If planning to take Day 3, please register for it as soon as you complete your Day 2 registration, to qualify for multi-day discouts.

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

Adaptive Design Association
313 West 36th Street, New York, NY, 10018 (View Map)
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