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Highlights of the IV Step Conference

August 18, 2016 by Kathy Martin, PT, DHSc
The logo from the 2016 IV Step Conference discussing prediction, prevention, participation and plasticity

The IV STEP conference was held at Ohio State University in Columbus on July 13-19. Approximately 800 people attended, including someone from every continent except Antarctica! Historically, the STEP conferences have challenged us to re-examine how we are treating individuals with neurological conditions across the lifespan. This was just the 4th STEP conference in nearly 50 years and it was focused...

PT/OT Making Better Use of Arm Supports August 10, 2016 by Elena Noble, MPT
Adaptive gait devices come with a wide range of positioning accessories for supporting upright and ambulatory postures. Of these, arm supports are frequently used to provide basic upper extremity placement and positioning. But when understood and used correctly, arm supports can do so much more, particularly when it comes to positioning in gait. Here they can assist with weight-bearing, stepping, head...
News A Great Book for a New School Year August 05, 2016 by Elena Noble, MPT
Prince Noah is back in time for the start of a new school year. His second appearance on our blog heralds the sequel to the well-loved fairy tale The Prince Who Was Just Himself, a story about a child with Down syndrome unwittingly disarming a palace enemy through natural gifts of compassion and curiosity. In the delightfully written Prince Noah and the School Pirates, Noah continues to be himself...
Tips & Advice Ingenious Solutions from the Field: Creating a Pacer Hip Corral August 01, 2016 by Lori Potts, PT
A creative concept that came to us from the field is to use the Pacer Chest Prompt as a guide for hip positioning often referred to as a hip corral. This is achieved by flipping the chest prompt upside-down, so that the longer portion of the prompt faces downward. Having the chest prompt low around the hips can be an effective way to provide positioning for the student who has good trunk control but...
PT/OT Survey Results: Building a Case for Dynamic Seating July 26, 2016 by Lori Potts, PT
Occupational therapist Michelle Lange recently conducted a survey on dynamic seating. Her questions focused on wheelchairs that have dynamic components integrated into or added to the design. Over 100 clinicians and suppliers responded and it’s clear that we’re seeing an increased appreciation for dynamic adaptive equipment for children and clients with unique positioning needs. Michelle...
PT/OT Positioning Checklist for the Rifton TRAM July 15, 2016 by Elena Noble, MPT
The Rifton TRAM offers unique recovery opportunities in rehab, homecare and school-based settings with its capacity for supported ambulation, seated and sit-to-stand transfers. As with any adaptive equipment, using the right supports and settings is important to achieving a desired outcome. This positioning checklist offers a way for clinicians to record in detail how they want each client treated. We are...
PT/OT Gait Training and Dynamic Movement July 07, 2016 by Elena Noble, MPT
Building off the foundational concepts of neuroplasticity and motor learning, clinical gait training is an advancing intervention. With the aim to provide independence in gait and a full recovery for those with developmental or acquired disabilities, this discipline continues to incorporate new research and approaches into existing intervention protocols. In the last few years we’ve seen increased...
Tips & Advice Toileting in Schools with the TRAM July 05, 2016 by David Zoller, PT
Using the Rifton TRAM for toileting can make a huge difference for both students and staff, providing both safety during transfers to the toilet and dignity and privacy for the student. Because students with disabilities have a wide range of needs, there are many ways to use the TRAM for this purpose. Here are some methods we’ve found here at Socorro,  presented as three case studies. (I&rsquo...
Stories Treadmill Gait Training with the New Pacer June 21, 2016 by Elena Noble, MPT
Partial weight-supported treadmill training (PBWSTT) has widespread application particularly among patients who are not yet able to practice over-ground gait training. Unfortunately the equipment required can run into the tens of thousands of dollars. Until now. One of the valuable new features of the New Pacer is a base designed for treadmill use. The upper frame of the New Pacer clips easily into the...
Tips & Advice Ingenious Solutions from the Field: Using the Rifton TRAM to Transfer onto a Tricycle June 07, 2016 by Jill Barrett, MS, PT
1. Position student at corner of mat table and bring TRAM in from the back. 2. Fasten trunk support and using leg straps, lift student. 3. Roll TRAM with student in it to the back of the tricycle. ...
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