Third Time Lucky
It was in June 2009 that I first met Mike George. I was attending a MOVE International Trainers conference in Bakersfield, California, and Mike had flown all the way from New Brunswick to attend. There, he told me about his son Ben who had Cytomegalovirus (CMV) with resulting severe and multiple disabilities. Mike had met resistance from local therapists when trying to get the MOVE Curriculum adopted in...
Tips & Advice
New Video Tutorials on Using the Rifton TRAM
As word of the Rifton TRAM continues to spread among therapists and caregivers we’ve recognized the need for a simple set of step-by-step tutorials to demonstrate the basic functions of this new transfer and mobility device. If you’ve recently acquired a TRAM or if you’re trying to decide whether it’s right for you or someone you’re caring for, take a few moments to watch...
Early Intervention: Assistive Technology for Motor Intervention
Assistive technology (AT) is defined as any device which increases, maintains, or improves the functional capabilities of an individual with special needs. Providing AT for young children with disabilities makes a significant difference towards their long-term independence goals. In the early intervention setting, AT enables children to more fully integrate into their home, school, and community...
It’s about People, not Products.
If you’ve visited our website in the last few days you’ve noticed that we have a new look.
I could tell you about all the new features and why we made the changes,
but it’s so intuitive, I think you’re going to find these out for yourself.
I only want to tell you about one idea that guided us during every step of the redesign:
Rifton is about people.
With our products we support an extraordinary group of people. (You know who you are.)
Take a look at the caregivers’ faces in these photos. Look at the care in their eyes.
With our new website we wanted to capture these people at their best...
Down Syndrome in Ancient Art
Image copyright ©The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image source: Art Resource, NY
In preparing for a presentation on disability history I gave two weeks ago to Ministry of Health and Social Service officials in Russia, I stumbled across the research of John M. Starbuck, who examined the depiction of people with Down syndrome in ancient and medieval art. His entire paper is worth looking at but one...
Evidence Based Practice
Dynamic Standing versus Passive Standing Interventions
For children with developmental disabilities who are non-ambulatory or have minimal capabilities to move, passive standing in an adaptive stander is an important intervention with resulting benefits in many of the body’s systems including the musculoskeletal system. However, research is now leading us to believe that opportunities for dynamic standing can be even more beneficial especially for...
An Exceptional Matriculation
Patrick O’Connell turned six in June, so along with three other classmates he was ready to enter first grade in his rural community school in Australia last month. Diagnosed with a rare unnamed chromosomal disorder, Patrick’s start in life was difficult and he still battles through periods of sickness and seizures, but he continues to surprise his parents and neighbors with steady progress....
Improved Hygiene Care and Toileting
A Therapists Perspective
Hygiene care—particularly horizontal diapering—for people with severe disabilities can be time-consuming and taxing for the caregiver especially if it involves the traditional changing-table transfers. While changing tables are commonly used for young children and seldom pose problems, as children grow older (and heavier) the process becomes increasingly demanding....
Hygiene and Self Care for Your Patients
As an occupational therapist, one of my main goals has been to foster independence in my patients. For one, Randy, this independence centered on the area of hygiene and self-care. When I first met Randy he presented with developmental delays and underlying musculoskeletal impairments that affected his ability to move independently and perform age-appropriate transfers and functional activities. In...