PT/OT

Teaching Active Sitting Skills

Using the Rifton Activity Chair with Forearm Prompts

January 19, 2015 by Elena Noble, MPT
A therapist is teaching a special needs student active sitting and positioning in a Rifton Activity Chair in a classroom setting

As therapists we generally like to distinguish between active and passive sitting. Active sitting refers to dynamic positioning of the trunk and extremities over a stabilized pelvis for the purpose of completing a task. Active sitting is the posture we use for eating, learning and participation because it is a posture of alertness and purpose, relying heavily on the strength and sustained functioning of...

PT/OT Indoor Therapy with a Special Needs Stationary Trike January 13, 2015 by Elena Noble, MPT
Chilly winter days are here to stay for a while (at least in upstate New York). But that doesn’t mean you need to put your Rifton adaptive trike in storage until spring. Frequent requests from parents and therapists prompted us to design a simple stationary stand to enable a continuum of trike therapy and exercise, indoors as well as outside. When placed on its stationary stand, the adaptive...
News Dancing with the Stars at the Center for Disability Services January 06, 2015 by Susanna Mommsen, Marketing Associate
ABC’s Dancing with the Stars gets great ratings, and it’s even entertaining at times, but nothing compares to the stars at the Center for Disability Services in Albany, New York. Paired with professional dancers, these performers make their way across the stage in Pacer gait trainers and Activity chairs in a showcase of music, dance and artistic expression. Support from The Arts Center of...
News Found Today on the Web January 02, 2015 by Carmen Hinkey
Every time a major media source writes a serious story about the challenges faced by those with developmental disabilities we should be encouraged and reminded that our society has made strides in accessibility and acceptance. Facilities like the Lee Specialty Clinic in Louisville Kentucky are to be commended for creating an environment where these challenges are more easily met and the DD population...
Stories Toileting Solutions with the TRAM December 16, 2014 by Denise Caballero, Day hab assistant
As a day hab assistant at Cerebral Palsy of Westchester County I help adults with severe disabilities in their activities of daily living—toileting included. We use adaptive equipment every day to support our clients’ activities, but I never expected a piece of equipment to completely transform someone’s life like the Rifton TRAM. This device is a brilliant solution to our...
PT/OT The Rifton TRAM vs the Standard Four-Wheeled Walker December 02, 2014 by Elena Noble, MPT
For those of us concerned with rehab following central nervous system lesions, the last ten years have been exciting. There has been extensive research focused on the brain and its neuroplastic properties, and it’s changing the way we think about treatment. Specifically, recent research has encouraged gait rehabilitation—task-specific and repetitive. We all recognize now that ambulation...
Stories Rifton Celebrates a Veteran Designer and Co-worker November 25, 2014 by Carmen Hinkey
Old-world craftsmanship lasts a life-time, once acquired, and the craftsman earns a special place in the hearts of his co-workers. Here at Rifton we miss and fondly remember such a man who died this month. Born in 1930 in Germany, Ulrich, affectionately known as Ullu, came to America as a young father and worked in our Rifton manufacturing from the early 1980’s until a few weeks before he passed....
Stories A Great Opportunity for Therapists November 18, 2014 by Bonnie Pruckler, PT
As a physical therapist working in pediatrics for most of my career, I have always loved Rifton equipment. There’s a certain excitement in how the right device can transform a child’s life. As part of this passion, I began to collect used equipment and wheelchairs to donate them to organizations that provide them to children and adults who cannot afford them. Before long, I found myself...
PT/OT TRAM Still Turning Heads November 11, 2014 by Carmen Hinkey
In a profile published this month in the influential trade publication Mobility Management, staff writer Laurie Watanabe highlights the multi-tasking capabilities of the Rifton TRAM, citing its role as a gait trainer, a lift, and a transfer device. She quotes therapist Margaret Arnold on how the TRAM is helping people with a multitude of disorders or conditions, and tells the story of a brain injury...
PT/OT Aging in Place with the Rifton TRAM November 04, 2014 by Elena Noble, MPT
Jim Bennett formed his company to help people stay in their homes longer and more safely. Originally serving the greater Phoenix area, ADL Solutions has since expanded to serve clients statewide and even further afield. Because ADL has been supplying so many TRAMs to their clients we wanted to find out more about Jim’s operations and how his clients were benefitting from the TRAM. What are the...
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