Task Prompter

Designers: Matthew Pepper and Karen Hwang Client Coordinators: Greg Beck Supervising Professor: Dr. Larry N. Bohs

The client was a young man who attends a day program for people with autism. Approximately every 30 minutes, the participants switch to a different activity; however, our client required repeated verbal and visual prompting from the staff to […]

Mobile for Children at Duke Hospital

Designers: Charles E. Wells Client Coordinators: Michelle Ashford Supervising Professor: Dr. Larry N. Bohs

The Child & Adolescent Life Program (CALP) at Duke Hospital has been unable to find a safe commercial mobile for use with infants. Several mobiles have been tried, but either the hospital safety department has declared them unsafe or the manufacturer […]

Constraint Induced Movement Therapy Device

Designers: Kyle Smith, Lynn Wang Client Coordinators: Jodi Petri, OT, Lenox Baker Children’s Hospital Supervising Professor: Dr. Larry N. Bohs

The goal of Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) is to force patients with hemiplegia to use their affected arms by restraining their healthy arms. This therapy has been shown to provide significant improvements in some […]

PandaRoo: Personalized Stuffed Animal Companion

Designers: Ling Bei, Courtney Olmsted, Yao Quan Xie

Client Coordinator: Diane Felton, Duke Hospital

Supervising Professors: Richard Goldberg Kevin Caves

INTRODUCTION Children can face considerable psychosocial anxieties during hospital stays, especially when parents or guardians are absent. The PandaRoo comfort toy was designed to help alleviate these anxieties, through audio and visual components that can […]

Outdoor Play Activity Center

Designers: Jacqueline L. Anderson, Jialing Kim Png, Ying Min Wang Client Coordinator: Diane Scoggins, Hilltop Home Supervising Professor: Larry Bohs

INTRODUCTION A play activity center has been designed to stimulate the senses of children with very limited physical and cognitive abilities in an outdoor setting. The device consists of a frame structure with 5 activity […]

Convertible Tri-Cane

Designers: Amanda Fuller, Yubo Gong, Toby Kraus Client Coordinator: : Allison Darwin, OT Supervising Professors: Kevin Caves

INTRODUCTION Our client is a 95 year-old man with a fused left knee and slight dementia. He enjoys walking outside, but tires easily and sometimes needs additional support, especially when walking on unfamiliar terrain. The Convertible Tri-Cane is […]

Automatic Rocking Chair

Designers: Katie Myers, Anne Marie Amacher, and Meredith Cantrell Client Coordinator: Diane Scoggins, Hilltop Home Supervising Professor: Larry Bohs

INTRODUCTION The Hilltop Home in Raleigh, NC is a residential facility for young children with profound physical and mental disabilities. The children enjoy and medically benefit from rhythmic motion, such as rocking, but due to various […]

Play Chair

Client Coordinator: Diane Scoggins, Hilltop Home Designers: Carol Chen, Eugene Kim, and David Wu Supervising Professor: Larry Bohs

INTRODUCTION Our client is a six-year old boy with multiple physical and mental disabilities. He seeks independent movement and outside stimuli, desires that were satisfied through inappropriate, self-injurious behaviors. The Play Chair is a modified booster seat […]

Supportive Playground Vehicle

Designers: Vanessa Kennedy, Ming Li, Emily Liu, Allen Yu

Client Coordinator: Cathron Donaldson

Supervising Professor: Larry Bohs


Due to congenital myopathy, our three-year-old client has difficulty playing independently and interacting with her peers on the playground. She cannot hold her head and trunk upright without assistance, and has little strength in her extremities. The […]

Therapeutic Pedal Car

Designers: Amanda DeQuattro, Jamie Leong, David Houck, and Izundu Obi-onuoha

Client Coordinator: Dr. Melissa Scales

Supervising Professor: Larry Bohs


Figure 1: Therapeutic Pedal Car


Our client is a four year old child with cerebral palsy who enjoys playing in a Little Tikes push car. However, because of his relative strength in […]