Over the years, Occupational Therapy practitioners cornered the market on orthotic (splint) fabrication using low-temperature thermoplastics.  It is quite an art form to create orthotics from a 2-D pattern to a 3-D model worn by clients. Natalie Chang-Mason – Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Director, provided lecture and lab to OTA students who then demonstrated basic techniques of creating, fitting and assessing orthotics for upper extremity by fabricating a simple wrist cock-up orthotic on a fellow student during the orthotic lab.  This experiential session allowed students to understand how the orthotic should feel and fit, therefore every splint made in the lab is worn by students while participating in activities of daily living.

OTA splints Oct. 2016 (1)