The Sensation Station: A Tabletop Sensory Activity Center

Designers: Christina Gancayco, Sophia Kim, Diane Shao, Maggie Smith

Client Coordinators: Melanie Oujua, Nancy Hoopingarner, Stephen Dovenitz

Supervising Professor: Larry Bohs

 

Figure 1. The Sensation Station.

INTRODUCTION

Students at a local Durham high school enjoy activities that elicit sensory responses; however, many have a limited range of motion that prevents them from […]

Bounce, Bounce, Baby

Designers: Albert Chang, Michelle Meng, Josh Neiser

Client Coordinators: Karen Tartick, PT, and Debra Monnin, OTR/L

Supervising Professors: Kevin Caves and Richard Goldberg

 

Project in Action

 

Figure 1: The bouncer device

INTRODUCTION

Our client Joe is a three-year-old child with cerebral palsy. Joe presents many common complications of cerebral palsy including […]

The Spidey Lift: A Device to Independently Conduct Floor Transfers

Designers: Stephanie Dudzinski, Kimi Rafie, and Reema Sil

Client Coordinator: Shelley Rhudy, PT

Supervising Professors: Kevin Caves and Richard Goldberg

 

Project in Action

 

Figure 1: The client has just transferred from his wheelchair to the Spidey Lift. He buckles the seat belts in preparation for lowering himself to the floor.

INTRODUCTION

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Wheelchair Control Simulator

Designers: Drew Narayan Client Coordinators: Robbin A. Newton, Lenox Baker Children’s Hospital Supervising Professor: Dr. Larry N. Bohs

A wheelchair control simulator has been designed for Lenox Baker Children’s Hospital. This device allows children to practice using the controls typical to a motorized wheelchair while a therapist monitors their progress. The wheelchair control simulator comprises […]

Hockey Goalie Slider

Designers: Brian Feldman, Donna Geddes, Larry Maciolek Client Coordinators: Robbin A. Newton, Lenox Baker Children’s Hospital Supervising Professor: Dr. Larry N. Bohs

A hockey goalie slider has been designed for the client, an eleven-year-old boy with cerebral palsy, to enable him to better participate in neighborhood street hockey games. The basis of the slider is […]

Spelling and Tactile Identification Game

Designers: Frabk Fernandez, Varish Goyal Client Coordinators: Jean Hartford, Child and Adolescent Life Program, Duke University Medical Center Supervising Professor: Dr. Larry N. Bohs

A spelling and tactile identification game has been designed as an enjoyable learning tool for visually impaired children. The device operates in one of two modes: spelling or tactile. In spelling […]

Sensory Stimulation Center

Designers: Elaine Hsieh, Wesley Joe, and Anna Fernandez Client Coordinators: Mary Caldwell and Lenore Champion, Duke Hospital Pediatric Rehabilitation Center Supervising Professor: Dr. Larry N. Bohs

A Sensory Stimulation Activity Center (SSAC) was developed for use at the Duke Hospital Pediatric Rehabilitation Center. The SSAC is used to aid in the treatment of children under […]

Child Friendly Timer

Designers: Sean Breit, Stephanie Liu, and Srinivasan Yegnasubramanian Client Coordinators: Lenora Champion Supervising Professor: Dr. Larry N. Bohs

An electronic timer was constructed for use in pediatric therapy sessions. Presently, for timed sessions, a therapist sets an electronic kitchen timer that beeps when time is finished. However, most young children do not have a clear […]

Computer Games for Learning Joystick Control

Designers: Pinata Hungspreugs and Becky Poon

Client Coordinators: Robbin Newton

Supervising Professor: Dr. Larry N. Bohs

Two joystick controlled computer games, “Catch the Butterfly” and “Bump & Go”, have been developed to train children to use powered wheelchairs. Compared to other wheelchair trainers currently available, these games are more fun to play and also provide […]

Remote Controlled, Talking Spinner

Designers: Steven Gebhart, Jennifer Meuchel

Client Coordinators: Sue Porr, Pinehurst Elementary School

Supervising Professor: Dr. Larry N. Bohs

Commercial audio spinner devices provide only a one-to-one means of communication through a small display board. An analogous device with a large board was designed for use in a classroom of non-verbal and visually impaired students. The […]