Day 1 of a 3-day series:
Ideal for occupational and physical therapists, teachers, parents, or anyone with an interest in adaptation
Earn 0.5 AOTA Continuing Education Units*
or 5.0 to 6.0 Contact Hours for others (depending on profession)
Participants conduct a self-guided tour of customized equipment and view a short film outlining 2 case studies. Participants learn basic construction techniques for single-layer cardboard and safe hand tool use. Participants individually make a notions box; 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 justifications.
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 the 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 the client, and justification for selection. Participants construct the adaptation from start to finish and then present final work to the group.
*The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
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Adaptive Design Association
Adaptive Design Association is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that designs and builds customized, environmentally-conscious adaptations for children and adults with special needs. We also provide courses in adaptive design and cardboard carpentry to clinicians, educators, parents and others from all over the world to effectively meet individual need.