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Adaptive Devices: Made to Fit (Day 3) - 2017

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Adaptive Design Association

313 West 36th Street

New York, NY 10018

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Day 3 of a 3-day series:

PREREQUISITES: Must take Day 1: Cardboard Basics in Adaptive Design AND Day 2: Making Adaptive Equipment Work before taking this course.

Ideal for occupational and physical therapists, teachers, parents, or anyone with an interest in adaptation

Earn 0.5 AOTA Continuing Education Units for occupational therapists*

Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.or 5.0 to 6.0 Contact Hours for other professions

Led by Adaptive Design's team of expert designers and fabricators: (10:00-10:30) participants share the basic user-specific adaptation selected after Day 2, a brief description of the client, and justification for selection.(10:30-4:00) Participants construct a more complex custom adaptation from start to finish and then present final work to the group.

To receive CEU, participants must attend the full course, complete all hands-on activities and assignments, and complete the course evaluation. As this is an introductory course, proficiency in all skills may not be achieved by everyone.

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

Adaptive Design Association's workshop, with students and instructor working on cardboard projects

Other than brief group discussions, the course consists of supervised hands-on fabrication activities. Following completion of days 1, 2 and 3 of this series, participants will be able to:

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

2. Use best practices when choosing and constructing customized 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 for creating safe, functional adaptations, by executing basic carpentry and finishing techniques using hand and power tools appropriate for these materials.

6. Construct a basic adaptation for hypothetical clients.

7. Construct a customized basic adaptation for actual clients on their caseloads, with appropriate attention to aesthetic concerns.

8. Participate collaboratively when working as a team member.

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


This is the third day of a 3-day series in which participants learn basic design and construction techniques for single-layer and tri-wall cardboard, as well as safe hand and power tool use. They practice: writing funding justifications; gathering required measurements and other specifications; and fabricating basic, user-specific adaptations.

Day 1, Cardboard Basics in Adaptive Design: taught basic techniques for building with cardboard, and safe tool use. Focus was on standard (single-layer) corrugated cardboard and on the process of designing an adaptation to suit the needs of an individual. Participants individually make a notions box; then in small groups, design and build a mock-up adaptation. This course must be taken before Day 2.

After Day 1, in preparation for Day 2, participants selected one of a number of basic adaptations (e.g., a footrest or an easel) to build for a client on their caseloads; gathered user-specific information necessary for building the adaptation; and drafted a brief justification.

Day 2, Making Adaptive Equipment Work: Participants presented and discussed justifications and adaptation information. Participants learned Tri-wall carpentry techniques and safe power tool use. Participants built the selected basic adaptation and submitted a finalized justification for it.

In preparation for Day 3, participants prepared a justification for a different adaptation to build on Day 3, along with collecting new information. (Instead, participants may opt to revise the adaptation built on Day 2, with revised justification and specifications.)

Day 3, Adaptive Devices: Made to Fit (this course): Participants share the 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.


If you have not already taken Day 1 AND Day 2, please register for those before you complete your Day 3 registration by first by returning to the Adaptive Design Events page on Eventbrite.


*NOTE: The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. For further information for occupational therapists, see this document.

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