Portable Stimulation and Assessment Tool

Designers: Kit Yee Au-Yeung, Daniel T. McCormick Client Coordinators: Mary Caldwell Supervising Professor: Dr. Larry N. Bohs

A portable sensory stimulation and assessment device was designed to aid therapists in evaluation of patients recovering from head injury and coma. Currently available devices are all very large or separately stimulating devices, often occupying an entire room. […]

Adapted Bumbleballs for Play Therapy

Designers: Thomas Pawlowski, Sam Cho Client Coordinators: Lenore Champion Supervising Professor: Dr. Larry N. Bohs

Children with brain disorders caused by disease or head trauma often have limited motor skills. Playing with objects that stimulate the senses helps facilitate their recovery and enables them to learn cause and effect ideas. The objective of this project […]

Assistive Communication Device

Designers: Daniel McCormick Client Coordinators: Supervising Professor: Dr. Larry N. Bohs

A supplementary communication device was designed for the client, a 6-year old boy who has limited control over his body from the neck down and cannot use speech to communicate with others. Currently he uses a Dyna-Vox to communicate but it does not provide […]

The Pointer Trainer

Designers:Samuel Kuo and Peter Wang Client Coordinators:Mary Caldwell, Duke Hospital Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit Supervising Professor: Dr. Larry N. Bohs

Approximately 2 million acquired brain injuries (ABI) occur each year. Acquired brain injury refers to severe brain damage caused by a traumatic event. Brain injured children typically suffer from head balance and communication difficulties. The goals […]

Child Friendly Timer

Designers: Mike McCarthy and Justin Wool Client Coordinators: Lenore Champion , Duke University Medical Center Supervising Professor: Dr. Larry N. Bohs

The objective of this project is to build a timer that is visually and aurally enticing to brain injured children in the Duke University Medical Center. The child friendly timer shows the passage of […]

Stationary Tricycle

Designers: Louise Oliver and John Alexander

Client Coordinators: Susan Parker, PT, Durham County Schools

Supervising Professors: Richard Goldberg and Kevin Caves

The use of pedaling as a therapeutic exercise is beneficial for children with a variety of disabilities because it develops better muscle tone, as well as left and right coordination. The goal of this […]

Morse Code Trainer

Designers: Ann Hundley and Stephen Wu

Client Coordinators: Juli Trautman, SLP, CCC, Duke University Medical Center

Supervising Professors: Kevin Caves and Richard Goldberg

To people with limited mobility, Morse code is an attractive alternative for computer access because it involves only two keys, dash and dot, as opposed to the more complex traditional keyboard. We […]

Toddler Crawling Positioner

Designers: Kerry Marder and Emily Kloeblen Client Coordinators: Susan Attermeier, Physical Therapist Supervising Professor: Dr. Larry N. Bohs

Our client was a 2 year-old girl with athetoid cerebral palsy. To build head and neck strength, her parents and therapist wanted a device that would support her in a prone position, which she could tolerate, and […]

3D-Sound Station

Designers: Jonathan Weiss, George Crowell, Mike Chu Client Coordinator: Luanne Holland and Susan Parker, Durham Public Schools Supervising Professors: Richard Goldberg and Kevin Caves

The client was a ten year-old boy with multiple disabilities, causing limited vision and cognitive and developmental delays. The goal of the project was to provide a versatile stimulation and entertainment […]

The Speedy Recovery Vehicle

Designers: Melissa Latorre, David Semko and Jen Wei

Client Coordinator: Jennifer Edelshick, Duke Hospital

Supervising Professors: Kevin Caves, Richard Goldberg

INTRODUCTION Children in hospital settings can experience feelings of fear and anxiety when faced with the task of getting into wheelchairs. The purpose of this project was to design and assemble a wheelchair that is […]