Advanced Arm Dynamics Helps Eighth Grade Students Make History

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Advanced Arm Dynamics (AAD), the nation’s leading provider of upper extremity rehabilitation services recently played a role in the 30th Annual Texas History Day Contest; albeit, one behind the scenes.

(Left to Right): Rebecca Gold, Shelby Johnson, Amy Lytle, Corinne Kowald

Advanced Arm Dynamics Helps Eighth Grade Students Make History

Advanced Arm Dynamics (AAD), the nation’s leading provider of upper extremity rehabilitation services recently played a role in the 30th Annual Texas History Day Contest; albeit, one behind the scenes.

When the business was approached by a group of 8th graders from a Texas middle school who were creating a play on the history of innovation in prosthetics to perform as their submission for the contest, the AAD team was more than happy to help. They worked with the students over a period of months, which included showing them various prosthesis and how they work, introducing them to patients, providing a tour of the facilities and lab, and even lending them four prosthetic arms to use when performing their play.

“I was so impressed by Shelby Johnson’s initiative to reach out to the staff at AAD for support with her presentation,” said Rob Dobson, CPO at AAD. “My main goal was to provide information on how these prosthetic devices work and how they can benefit those individuals that use them. In addition, I wanted to show the overall process of getting a prosthesis to a patient and tried to emphasize that in order to set a patient up for success, a team approach is a must.”

After first winning their school and the Dallas Fort-Worth regional competitions, the students were among the 1,000 students out of 45,000 who were allowed to compete at the state-level this past weekend at the 30th Annual Texas History Day Contest, the official affiliate of the National History Program, which was held at the Texas State History Museum in Austin. The students received 4th place out of the 45,000 state competitors. The theme of this year’s Texas History Day was “Innovation in History.” For their submissions, students in 6th through 12th grade had a choice of submitting performances, Web sites, historical papers, documentaries or exhibits in accordance with the theme.

About Advanced Arm Dynamics
Advanced Arm Dynamics, Inc. (AAD) is the nation’s leading provider of upper extremity rehabilitation services. AAD empowers patients to return to work and lead active lifestyles by working with each patient throughout the fitting and rehabilitation process. The company’s services include state-of-the art technologies and techniques, rehabilitation planning, insurance justification and authorization negotiations, occupational therapy and psychological counseling and a patient-to-patient mentoring program. Advanced Arm Dynamics Centers of Excellence facilities are located in Texas, Iowa and Oregon. For additional information on Advanced Arm Dynamics, please visit our Web site at http://www.armdynamics.com.

About Texas History Day
Texas History Day, the official Texas affiliate of the National History Day program, is a yearlong education program that culminates in an annual state-level history fair for students in grades six through twelve. It provides an opportunity for students to develop their knowledge of history and their critical thinking, analytical reading and writing, presentation, media design, and public performance skills through creative and original papers, performances, documentaries, web sites or exhibits. The Texas State Historical Association coordinates the Texas competition, which involves over 45,000 young Texans statewide. The 2010 event was co-hosted by the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and The University of Texas at Austin College of Education. Over 1,000 students participate in the state level History Day contest with approximately 60 students representing Texas at National History Day each year in Washington, D.C.

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Mindy Gormley
Advanced Arm Dynamics
310-372-3050

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