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Research Article  |   April 1989
Mouth Stick Design for the Client With Spinal Cord Injury
Author Affiliations
  • Ruth Smith, MEd, OTR/L, is Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Department, School of Health Studies, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire 03824
Article Information
Neurologic Conditions / Spinal Cord Injury / Features
Research Article   |   April 1989
Mouth Stick Design for the Client With Spinal Cord Injury
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1989, Vol. 43, 251-255. doi:10.5014/ajot.43.4.251
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1989, Vol. 43, 251-255. doi:10.5014/ajot.43.4.251
Abstract

This paper reviews literature on mouth sticks and presents information from a survey of occupational therapists specializing in the treatment of persons with spinal cord injuries. The review discusses the standards of mouth-stick design that have been established by dentists, but the survey suggests that occupational therapy practice is widely discrepant from these standards. The author suggests increased education for occupational therapists to provide knowledge of the key elements of oral safety, and increased collaboration between occupational therapists and dentists in mouth-stick design, fabrication, and training to assure quality care for all persons who require a mouth stick.