Solutions to help others

It’s important to merge real world situations and problem-solving techniques into training for any career.   EHOVE Adult Career Center’s Occupational Therapy Assistant students have been quite creative through their adaptive equipment inventions meant to help people overcome a physical need. 

Adaptive equipment is designed and fabricated to help overcome a need from someone they know or a perceived need.  In November, the students connected with professionals in the fields through the Northwest Chapter of the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association by inviting them to view demonstrations of their inventions.  To see photos of all of the inventions, go to www.Facebook.com/EHOVEota.

Occupational Therapy Assistant student April Londo (Avon) has a passion for playing the guitar, and invented an adaptive pick so people unable to use their hands can still enjoy playing music.  “Stroke patients or cerebral palsy patients who can’t use their arms will be able to play the guitar with my invention,” said Londo.  “For anyone, especially a child, to play music and have the ability is my inspiration.” 

“A lot of clients that have arthritis have a need for an adaptive device to help them to wash their hair,” said Occupational Therapy Assistant student Laura Carroll (Huron) who invented what she calls Flex’n Wash which can help clients improve their ability to clean their hair and scalp. 

Occupational Therapy Assistant student Gen Kilgore (North Ridgeville) calls her device Crib Guardian.  The U.S. Emergency Department reports 9500 crib injuries and 100 crib deaths a year.  “My daughter was waking up and banging her head on her crib,” said Kilgore.  With some research about cribs statistics, Kilgore took crib bars and made them much softer so babies won’t get injured if they hit their heads.  

Still Serving is the name of the invention by Occupational Therapy Assistant student Angie Sterk (Wakeman).  Her grandmother has osteoarthritis and needed help to transfer her cooking which inspired her design.  Sterk believes that these real world projects are keys to students’ preparedness for their careers.  “EHOVE has taught me to expand my mind to help prepare me for the workforce to be in occupational therapy,” said Sterk. 

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Director Barb Haase said she was fascinated with her students’ inventions.  “I am very impressed with how creative students are,” said Haase.  “This is a good introduction for students.” 

If you or someone you know is interested in enrolling in the next Occupational Therapy Assistant program at EHOVE Adult Career Center, please call 419-499-4663 x280.