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Case Report  |   May 1986
The Development of a Feeding Harness for an ALS Patient
Author Affiliations
  • Valerie L. Takai, OTR, is an occupational therapy consultant, ALS and Neuromuscular Clinics, Rehabilitation Medicine Department, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY 10029
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Assistive Technology / Neurologic Conditions / Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Departments / Case Report
Case Report   |   May 1986
The Development of a Feeding Harness for an ALS Patient
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 1986, Vol. 40, 359-361. doi:10.5014/ajot.40.5.359
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 1986, Vol. 40, 359-361. doi:10.5014/ajot.40.5.359
Abstract

In treating patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis occupational therapists face an ever-changing disability for which they must select a wide range of assistive devices to maximize function in performance of activities of daily living. This case report emphasizes the significance of the patient’s contribution in the fabrication of equipment. The success of the feeding harness described depended as much on the process of its creation as on the enhanced function it gave the patient. The harness offered the patient a sense of hope and helpfulness in the face of a relentlessly progressive disease.