Cardboard Basics in Adaptive Design (Day 1) - 2017
$25 – $225
Cardboard Basics in Adaptive Design (Day 1) - 2017

Cardboard Basics in Adaptive Design (Day 1) - 2017

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Adaptive Design Association

313 West 36th Street

New York, NY 10018

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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 for occupational therapists* Approved Provider logo - American Occupational Therapy

or 5.0 to 6.0 Contact Hours for other professions

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.

Four students designing an adaptation for a child's hobby horse.

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

  1. State the importance of proactively identifying user-specific adaptive equipment needs.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  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. Identify at least 2 pieces of adaptive equipment that will benefit a client on the caseload.
  6. 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, in which participants learn basic construction techniques for cardboard and safe tool use. Focus is on standard corrugated cardboard and on the process of designing an adaptation to suit the needs of an individual.

After Day 1, in preparation for Day 2, participants select one of a number of basic adapttions (e.g., a footrest or an 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: 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 prepare 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: 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.

To register for Day 2 and Day 3, return 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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