Tips & Advice
March 04, 2014
Last month, in advance of the launch of the new Rifton Hygiene and Toileting System (HTS), we published some research-based white papers on toilet training and toilet positioning for children and individuals with disabilities. This supplemented the work of Claire Keeler, RN CPNP, CDE, who wrote Toilet Training a Child with Special Needs. Positioning a child with disabilities comfortably on the toilet is...
Correct Positioning in the Rifton Activity Chair
The Rifton Activity Chair was designed to encourage functional and active sitting postures for children with cognitive and physical disabilities. Because such children can present with a wide variety of diagnoses and positioning requirements, helping them participate in classroom or family activities can be tough, but with the right chair it’s possible. The Rifton Activity Chair, because of its...
Father of the IEP
Last month a pioneer died. James Gallagher was the man who introduced the idea of an individualized education plan (IEP) and a tireless advocate of the idea that every child deserves a free and appropriate public education, regardless of physical or intellectual abilities. He was the person most responsible for the passage of the 1975 landmark legislation now known as the Individuals with Disabilities...
Achieving Optimal Toilet Positioning
For a child with multiple physical challenges, toileting has often been regarded as a nuisance, an interruption, an added burden. New thinking about health and disability, however, has recast toileting as a critical intervention and an opportunity to teach meaningful skills. These skills, happily, are within reach for nearly every child with special needs. Provided with the right environmental...
Using Prompts to Improve Toilet Training for Children with Physical Disabilities
Toilet training is complex for every child. It requires maturity in motor and cognitive areas as well as emotional readiness. It combines the organization and understanding of bodily sensations with communication, motor planning, and timely task performance. As a result, parents are often anxious about toilet training. Fortunately, the scope of toileting methods is broad and there is lots of good advice...
Sample Letter of Medical Necessity for the Rifton Hygiene and Toileting System
Our most recent offering, the Rifton Hygiene and Toileting System (HTS), facilitates toileting for people with disabilities while at the same time making the task of hygiene care easier for caregivers. Effective toileting not only maintains a healthy bowel and bladder, it makes an enormous difference on a child’s quality of life (as any parent can tell you).
In the past, many toileting routines...
Coming Soon: A Solution to the Toileting Challenge
Toileting has long presented major challenges to people with disabilities—and the people who care for them. In just a few weeks, Rifton will unveil a toileting system that resolves most, if not all, of these challenges.
Among other benefits, the new Rifton HTS brings functional positioning on the toilet within reach, even for children with the most severe disabilities. This is key to both better...
A Dance Video Like No Other
Madi is a dancer. Dressed in her tutu and glowing smile, she dances her heart out alongside other little girls her age in the dance class she attends regularly. Madi is five, and at birth she had the diagnosis of L2 Spina Bifida. This means she has no movement below the hips. But being the creative and fun-loving child that she is, Madi finds a way to do anything she sets...
Merry Christmas, Everyone!
Apparently even Santa needs an extra lift now and then. Today we received a Christmas photo from our distributor in Germany (who has fallen in love with our TRAM), and we couldn’t resist passing it on to all our blog readers!
Merry Christmas from all of us at Rifton.
Using the Rifton TRAM for Molding Custom Seat Cushions
An Unexpected Benefit
I work in a seating clinic in Asheville, North Carolina, and for years I’ve struggled with an intractable hurdle. For my patients with spinal cord injury or other neurological conditions I frequently use the custom seat cushions made by Ride Designs which involves the use of a seat simulator made of very soft crushable foam, similar to what a florist uses for flower...