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Winners of the 39th Maddak Awards Competition for Innovative Product Design Announced at 2013 American Occupational Therapy Association Conference
Date:7/31/2013

Wayne, NJ (PRWEB) July 31, 2013

Every day, Occupational Therapists devise creative solutions for helping their clients improve and learn new skills. Often these solutions take the form of tangible items. Maddak Inc. recognizes and honors Occupational Therapist's ingenuity in developing new products with a design competition known as the Maddak Awards.

Winners of this year's annual competition for product design included a Sling Trap Softball Glove and a board game called FACEBOOKING.

Awards were presented at a breakfast sponsored by Maddak Inc. during the 2013 AOTA meeting held in San Diego, CA. Winners were selected by a panel of Occupational Therapists from the Local San Diego Conference Committee and conference attendees also were invited to submit votes for a 'People's Choice' award.

Jon Turnquist, OTR/L, MOL, ATP, Director of Assistive Technology Lab, St. Ambrose University, was awarded first place in the professional category for his Sling Trap Softball Glove. "The sling uses the force of the ball's inertia to pull together the sides of the glove to assist in closing the glove and in doing so reduces the rebound of the softball out of the glove," according to Turnquist. The inspiration for the glove was a young lady with cerebral palsy who has good mobility but lacks the speed to close her glove fast enough to trap the ball before it bounces out.

First place in the student category was awarded to students of Bay Path College and presented by Dr. Karen Sladyk. It is a simple to play board game called FACEBOOKING for 2-8 players. Dr. Sladyk told us, "the focus of the game is on learning the social sk
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