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Emily Kim

New York, NY, United States

Member since September 08, 2008

  • Sketches

    Arts & Culture


    These concept sketches were combining different types of therapies and exercises to benefit the user.

    After the NFP meeting, many were eliminated and the two with the potential were built upon.

  • Prototyping



    My prototyping goal was to successfully create an object that helped individuals release a form of tension and frustration.

    As a test, several types of materials were casted (for material testing) such as smooth sil 910, dragon skin, flex foam IX, and ecoflex. One of the tests was to hollow eggs and cast them with different types of silicone to view the effects of sound and cracking and the relation to relief that is felt afterwards.

    Several eggs were filled with silicone then covered, some were empty and covered. Both used same materials and had the same concept but the tension of the egg cracking was better felt when hollow.

    Over the week, I took prototype samples to my NFP to get their opinions on some designs and play with the prototypes. They expressed their interest and draw to the empty eggs explaining, it is a safe way for patients to release frustration and blockage AND EASY CLEAN UP.



    1. Prototype to Test and Conducting the Test.

    After my recent meeting with my NFP,they really enjoyed the sketches and the sketch models that I brought for them. I cast more egg shells, few filled with silicone and covered, and few that were empty but covered with silicone. I videoed them destroying both types of prototypes, and they really enjoyed it!

    Now that few of my concepts have been vetoed, and were built upon for the next prototyping, the 1st user testing will consist of hollow egg shells covered in silicone. The users will crush them as a tension relief. A concept of throwing them against a material that will stick to the models will be created for the users to test different methods of relieving tension and frustration.

    1. My current relationship with my NFP is very supportive and friendly. We have an understanding that I need their help and they enjoy giving it. They are not only involved in the research and comprehension stage, but also involved in the designing stage. They are very excited about the progress of my project, and want to help until it is finished.

    2. My next step in conducting the user testing is to email them and schedule another meeting to drop off my prototypes. They will be supplied with about 24 eggs and a wall sheet for throwing. I will NOT stay to observe the testings of my project, Although there is no harm in asking, I know better than intrude in a therapy session. Because they have been with me through the design and research stage, they h...

  • Extended Research 4


    (Types of Therapy)

    Creative Therapies for Adults -projection, externalization and abreaction (using artistic expression) but contains much cognitive behavioral treatments. -role playing importance for attitudes change, to learn new behaviors and words for old ways of doing things.

    Relaxation Techniques: such as attention to physiological functions, such as breathing, muscular tonality, and heart rate. Resilience enhancement techniques, emphasizes creativity, humor, spontaneity, flexibility, and activity.

    (Art therapy, dance movement therapy, drama therapy, music therapy)

    Description of Techniques Introduces a particular art medium such as painting, movement, role playing, or listening to or creating poetry or music. (working on methods to present the problem).

    Warm up exercises, color, lines, forms, patterns, and arrangement (the therapists read this).

    ART: picture of house before abuse began, picture of anger, or perception of her own body,

    MUSIC: produce improvised song concerning the impact of rape on her life,

    DANCE: depicting movements the feeling associated witha traumatic experience,

  • Product Interaction: Encouraging Body movement: smaller body movements like using the hands, shifting body weight, encouraging fidgeting, prevents dissociation and panic attacks

    Intuitive interface: user interaction, curiosity, input output,

    Material: Relating to seeing the object Like imprinting, should encourage questions and curiosity.

    Qualities Transformable, malleable, body actions, breakable

    Design Interface and material should help express emotions through physical actions.

    Portable, helps relax the state of mind, change anger into something that is more functional and helpful.

    Anger does not always mean negative (violence, helplessness)

    SUDS scale: way to communicate to yourself or others how much distress you are experiencing, 11 points 0-10 (least to most distress) (but personal opinion, which is also backed up by NFP, the SUDS scale is not very helpful, asking a patient who has a hard time recognizing emotions grading themselves on a scale? It is inaccurate)

    EMDR: eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, form of psychotherapy to resolve symptoms resulting from distrubing and unresolved life experiences.

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    Cao Maru Stress Ball

    Anger Management Dolls

    Jelly Smacker Stress Ball

    Crystal Gel Stress Ball

    Click Clack Ball

    Bead Ball Stress Relief

    Anger Relief Toilet Paper

    Bop Bags


    (injection molding) -closed cell polyurethane foam rubber, gel, soft hyperflex,

    Liquid foam into mold creates carbon dioxide: foam to grow and expand to form and mold.

    POLYMERIC GEL: (MC: 5375-01) moldable low durometer gel for medical applications, resin can be molded into 3d shapes in either translucent or opaque, non allergenic FDA approved as medical products.

    RUBBER ROAM MATERIAL: (MC: 5608-01) Molded rubber foam forms that are durable and non-toxic. Molded from 100% natural rubber with fillers and pigments, these foams may be manufactured with different densities, surface textures, colors, and shapes.

    ALOVA: (MC: 3652-01) Odorless, molded polyurethane foam for medical products such as cushions, pillows, mattresses, that conforms to the shape of the body and after use returns to its original form.

  • Extended Research 3


    Types of Therapy

    A. Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Theory and Therapy Oldest theories of psychology. Studies from early childhood throughout life. Way of thinking is generally watered down, more conservative and rigid psychoanalytic school of thought.

    Psychoanalysis: a system of psychological theory and therapy that aims to treat mental disorders by investigating the interaction of conscious and unconscious elements in the mind and bringing repressed fears and conflicts into the conscious mind by techniques such as dream interpretation and free association. Tends to look at individuals as the composite of their parental upbringing and how particular conflicts between themselves and their parents. (What you DON'T know CAN hurt you as an adult.) Unconscious unresolved childhood conflicts, Interpretations: leads to insight

    B. Cognitive Behavioral and Behavioral Theory and Therapy Cognitive behavioral theory emphasizes the cognitions or thoughts a person has as an explanation as to how people develop and how they sometimes get a mental disorder. Role of social learning in childhood development, the ideas of modeling and reinforcement. Social learning theory: children following parents foot steps.

    Dysfunction ("messed up") natural for this theory. Patterns of irrational or unhealthy thinking reinforced by parent, or significant person. This is oddly basically neutral human nature.

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy seeks to change a persons irrational or faulty ...

  • Extended Research 2


    -"Most therapeutic approaches help clients find words to describe the fearful experiences they have undergone. Understand why these experiences remain so uncomfortably registered in their inner landscape, develop new mental and physical actions that are adaptive to current reality." pg 165.

    -"By including the body as a primary avenue in processing trauma therapists can work directly with sensation and movement to affect symptoms and promote change in the clients' cognition, emotions, belief system and capacity for relatedness." pg 165

    -"Top down interventions are employed to observe and support sensorimotor processing." (Interplay of physical sensations, movements, and impulses and to notice their internal reactions) pg 166.

    -Exploration and play are closely related pg 172.

    -Oscellation techniques involve directing client to repeatedly and mindfully orient back and forth between calm or resourced body areas, experiences, or sensations and areas of experiences that are painful or uncomfortable. pg 217

    PTG:post traumatic growth

    Ogden, Pat. Minton, Kekuni. Pain, Clare. Trauma and the Body: A sensorimotor approach to Psychotherapy.

  • Davis, William. Overcoming Anger and Irritability. London: Robinson, 2000.

    -Knowing what makes you angry because that is the starting point to getting better and controlling.

    "The Leaky Bucket" (a diagram for patients)

    Trigger, (ex_) Anger, (ex) Inhibitions (ex) Response (ex__)

    (another diagram exercise) Williams, Rob, and Rhena Branch. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies. Westchester, England: John Wiley and Sons, 2006.


    1. Write down your emotion
    2. Write down your actions

    Accelerating Event

    1. Write down what triggered your feelings


    1. Write down the thoughts and beliefs that went through your mind.

    Thinking Error:

    1. Identify the thinking error for each thought.
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