Making Adaptive Equipment Work (Day 2) - 2017
$25 – $225
Making Adaptive Equipment Work (Day 2) - 2017

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Making Adaptive Equipment Work (Day 2) - 2017

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Adaptive Design Association

313 West 36th Street

New York, NY 10018

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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, 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

Course is taught by Adaptive Design's team of expert designers and fabricators. At 10:00 Participants present and discuss the justifications and adaptation information gathered after Day 1. 10:30: Participants learn tri-wall carpentry techniques and safe power tool use. 11:00 Participants begin building the selected basic adaptation. After lunch, they complete the 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.

Two images: first,a girl writing on a flat surface, with her back bent.  Second, same girl writing on a slanted easel, with back straight.

Other than brief didactic interludes, the course consists of supervised hands-on activities. 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 custom 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.


This is the second 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 corrugated cardboard and on the process of designing an adaptation to suit the needs of an individual. Participants individually made a notions box; then in small groups, designed and built 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 (if applicable); gather user-specific information necessary for building the adaptation; and draft a brief justification.

Day 2, Making Adaptive Equipment Work (this course): 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.


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 Adaptive Design Events page on Eventbrite. If also planning to take Day 3, please register for it as soon as you complete your Day 2 registration, to qualify for the multi-day discount.


*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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