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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adapted spoon for an adult with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and spinal fusion. This individual has limited mobility, can only lift her arms to her chest, and cannot bend her neck. As a result, she has been limited in the types of foods she can eat since she could only use a fork. A temporary solution of taping a dessert spoon and a teaspoon together worked well but was unhygienic, and the tape would come undone over time. A permanent solution was created using a teaspoon of comfortable size and with a handle that would not “twirl.” The head of the dessert spoon was bent to an 85 degree angle and the surface roughened on both spoon handles. The two handles were then glued together using Araldite. Once the glue had set, a two-part epoxy putty was mixed and kneaded, and then molded around the spoon handles. This glue and putty are long-lasting and withstand hot water and the dishwasher. This model is being used to create more “jazzy deco” spoons for use when the individual goes out to eat. TITLE: Adapted spoon and headset. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 31, Number 2, Autumn 2011: p. 12. PAGES: 2 with cover.