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Beate Sass Shines a Light on Medicaid Waivers and the Adults who Benefit

April 07, 2015 by Carmen Hinkey
A man with developmental disabilities gets assistance from his therapist while using adaptive equipment acquired through the Medicaid waiver program.

If you look up ‘Medicaid Waiver’ on the internet, you’ll find the four primary types available to states across the nation. You’ll also find myriad links and sites available to aid the application process, and the collateral industry that has emerged to facilitate these programs. If you’re like me, you’ll soon be lost. For parents of adult children with developmental...

Evidence Based Practice Rifton TRAM and Safe Patient Handling March 30, 2015 by Gerard Dybel, PT, ScD, GCS
Gerard Dybel PT, ScD, GCS, is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. His research interests include ergonomics, injury prevention in health care workers and the implementation of no-lift technology by physical therapists practicing in rehabilitation departments. He recently conducted a pilot study on safe patient handling (SPH) to evaluate...
News A Quiet Giant Among Us March 24, 2015 by Carmen Hinkey
For some people, when they speak, we stop to listen whether we intended to or not. There is a power behind their words that comes from a lifetime of doing, of quietly practicing the values they speak of. Such a person is Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche, and a giant among advocates for people with disabilities. This year Vanier was honored with the Templeton Prize, and on March 11 he delivered an...
Stories Great Strides with the Rifton TRAM March 12, 2015 by Cathy Ripmaster, PT and Todd Jones, Classroom Teacher
A few years ago we welcomed a non-traditional student—we’ll call him Jay—at Lincoln Developmental Center (LDC) where we work. Most of our students have had a development disorder since birth; most are undersized and fit well into traditional equipment, but Jay sustained a traumatic brain injury at the age of 14 and arrived at LDC at the age of 17, fully grown, with limited positioning...
News Community Action at its Finest March 09, 2015 by Carmen Hinkey
The receding snow banks are creating inviting sidewalks, and which kid’s first response is not “where’s my bike?” Children with physical disabilities want to ride just as much as any child, and they should. Sadly, adaptive trikes are far too rarely covered by Medicaid or insurance, even with a strong case for the therapeutic benefits of cycling. Thankfully, there is a growing...
News Special Colors for Special People March 03, 2015 by Elena Noble, MPT
Kids love color. They notice it in nature, clothing and the classroom. So why not put that color on an Activity Chair? Available new this year, Rifton has six color choices to brighten up the seat and the back of the Activity Chair. So make your child’s chair fun and extra special with one of these choices: pink, red, blue, green, tan or purple.
Stories Heads Up! February 20, 2015 by Lori Potts, PT
(Scroll down to see slides) Robert Welton Clement arrived on March 25, 2014, fourth son to the family of my sister Jean and her husband Reuel. The birth was unexpectedly difficult, and Robert arrived looking like he might not survive – might, in fact, already be no longer living. But his heartbeat was there, even though he was not breathing. Eighteen agonizing minutes of emergency intervention and...
Evidence Based Practice Evidence Update February 16, 2015 by Elena Noble, MPT
As professionals who have worked with children with poor motor control, we have no doubt about the importance of a gait trainer. Using gait trainers for upright positioning and ambulation practice for children unable to walk independently has been a long-standing intervention in clinics, schools and homes. But we’ve all lamented the dearth of solid clinical research to support what we’ve...
News The "Adverse Birth Outcome" February 10, 2015 by Carmen Hinkey
I didn’t know Henry until this morning, but he’s been in my mind all day thanks to what his mother shared so honestly about having him. In case any of us need reminding, the Washington Post carried her beautiful reminder that they are children first, their potential to learn and meet milestones far more important than their disabilities. And she takes it even farther: She is...
PT/OT Pacer Gait Trainer Positioning Checklist February 03, 2015 by Elena Noble, MPT
Therapists who use the Pacer gait trainer with more than one client know how important it is to replicate the same settings and positioning each time. But since each user requires different settings, it’s easy to forget from client to client and miss out an important adjustment or prompt. The staff at MOVE have devised a handy checklist to prevent this. We’ve taken their form and reorganized...
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