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5 Follow Up Questions about Adaptive Equipment

Once a piece of adaptive equipment is put in place to use with a student, therapists need to follow up frequently.  Whether the adaptive equipment is a pencil grip or a tablet, on going assessment is needed.  Here are 5 follow up questions to answer after implementing adaptive equipment:

1.  Is it being used at all?  May sound ridiculous but we all have seen many pieces of adaptive equipment gather dust.  

2.  Is it being used when it was suggested for use?  For example, perhaps special adaptive seating was recommended for seat work but it is being used during floor time on the rug.   

3.  Is the tool suiting the needs of the student?  Once the equipment has been used, make sure is it helping the student to accomplish a functional goal.  

4.  Does the equipment need to be modified in any way?  If the tool is not accomplishing the task, can it be tweaked or does a different modification need to be put into place.  Children grow very quickly, always recheck for sizing.  

5.  Is the student comfortable using the equipment?  Check to make sure that the student agrees with using the equipment.  If the student is not on board with using it, the equipment will not be used.  Also, is it truly comfortable to use the equipment?  Check for fatigue, skin breakdown, pain level, etc. to ensure comfort and a pain free experience.   

Modifications and Interventions for School – Reporting Forms

This book, in printed or electronic format, provides pediatric therapists with over 60, reproducible reporting forms with hundreds of suggested modifications and interventions for students.  Track progress once modifications are put into action.

Find out more at http://yourtherapysource.com/modifications.html