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Everyone is Unique. Really?

Blowing the cover on acceptance and expectations.

September 01, 2015 by Carmen Hinkey
In this drawing from the book, The Prince Who Was Just Himself, the King and Queen hug with loving acceptance their baby with Down syndrome why his siblings hold his hands.

Next month brings us to National Down Syndrome Awareness Month. The industry news is full of inspirational stories of how children and adults with Down syndrome have enriched the lives of their families, peer groups, communities, and a wider acceptance of those with a third copy of the twenty-first chromosome. The entertainment and fashion industries have done a great deal to further this effort. In 2005...

News Saving Medicaid Dollars and Improving Care August 10, 2015 by Carmen Hinkey
A small population with huge costs, children with complex conditions and severe involvement require seamless care, and few hospitals can provide that kind of 24-hour coverage on the average awarded Medicaid reimbursements. However, the St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Chronic-Complex Clinic in Tampa has joined a growing network of hospitals across the country to find a payment formula to cover the extra...
Stories From Devastating Prognosis to Parapan Am Athlete August 03, 2015 by Ryan Burke, Sales and Marketing Director
Here at Rifton we often hear remarkable stories of triumph in the face of insurmountable odds. Each story is a testament to the amazing people our products are designed to serve. Sometimes one can anticipate a customer-story, but every once in a while you encounter someone who has a story to share when you least expect it. Last week I was having what I assumed would be a routine lunch time break. Three...
Evidence Based Practice Evidence Update: Standing Programs for Hip Flexibility July 27, 2015 by Elena Noble, MPT
Secondary to the motor disorders which affect their physical development, children with spastic cerebral palsy tend to lose lower limb range of motion between infancy and adolescence. Researchers have measured hip abduction decreases of nine degrees in this population. Since loss of hip abduction makes balance and walking difficult, maintaining hip abduction becomes a crucial intervention. Because of the...
Evidence Based Practice Evidence Update: Quicker Recovery with Early Movement July 13, 2015 by Elena Noble, MPT
A recent study at Cleveland Clinic, a leading rehabilitation provider, found that patients participating in early mobility routines after neurological injury recovered quicker and went home earlier than those receiving standard care. NPR recently ran an excellent segment on this study providing good detail and anecdotes from the researchers illustrating how early mobilization is improving the healthcare...
News Cerebral Palsy and the NYC Ballet: In Praise of Dance July 06, 2015 by Carmen Hinkey
Albert Einstein said dancers are the athletes of God. And St. Augustine, “I praise the dance, for it frees people from the heaviness of matter and binds the isolated to community….O man, learn to dance, or else the angels in heaven will not know what to do with you.” NYC Ballet discovered that ancient wisdom is still true today, when they responded to a mother’s idea about a...
Stories Rifton HTS on the Road June 26, 2015 by Kristin Capone, PT, DPT, MEd
JJ is a 4th grade student at Southern Elementary School in New Castle, Delaware. Although he uses a wheelchair because of his dystonic cerebral palsy, JJ has great communication skills and is one of the happiest kids I know. Recently, his school program planned a field trip to Glasgow Park. But right away we ran up against a familiar problem: community outings such as these present unique challenges for...
PT/OT Adopting Safe Patient Handling Policy in School June 12, 2015 by Jill Barrett, MS, PT
Safe patient handling and mobility (SPHM) as a discipline is gaining momentum not only in hospitals and rehab facilities but in schools as well. High Desert Education Service District, based in Redmond, Oregon, serving multiple districts across a large area, recently implemented a new SPHM policy. Recently Rifton spoke with Jill Barrett about the importance of safe patient handling in schools. A tireless...
Stories Full Inclusion Summer Camp June 08, 2015 by Elena Noble, MPT
Inclusion is not easy. It takes commitment, creativity and time to help every student learn and participate. So congratulations to the wonderful teachers and staff at the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) who realized that with summer just around the corner it was time to take inclusion outdoors as well. The result? A first ever inclusive Technology and Recreation camp at nearby Sly Park...
Stories Commencement and Triumph June 01, 2015 by Elena Noble, MPT
It’s that time of year, the season of commencement ceremonies, and each year we hear words of inspiration and hope from podiums all over the country. But here at Rifton, because we make a gait trainer, we hear remarkable stories of perseverance, of high school kids whose lives have been upended by injury but resolve to walk across the stage to receive their diploma. This year is no different,...
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