How the HTS is Changing Lives
Since the recent launch of our newest product, the Hygiene and Toileting System (HTS), we’ve been hearing from many parents, teachers and therapists how this product has improved the toileting outcomes for children with disabilities. Here’s a great example from a special education teacher at a school on the west coast.
“We love the HTS in our classroom. I have been using it with a...
Choosing Between Adaptive Standers
Many people with compromised musculoskeletal systems can benefit from adapted standing programs. Ranging from diagnosis of cerebral palsy to spinal cord injury or muscular dystrophy, research shows that standing can help improve pulmonary function, musculoskeletal development, postural control, intestinal motility and reduce tone.
Rifton produces a line of adaptive standers which are known for their...
From the Dad of an Exceptional Graduate
Dear Rifton –
My son Alan is 18, and he has used Rifton devices most of his life. He learned to bear his own weight in the smallest-sized Dynamic Stander, which we got for him on his first birthday. Slowly he progressed to walking, first with a Pacer gait trainer, then holding two hands, one hand, and finally independently.
During the last four years, most of Alan’s education has happened at...
Evidence Based Practice
Evidence Update: Safe Patient Handling
As therapists working in acute care and rehab well know, safe patient handling (SPH) is becoming a widely accepted discipline. Advocating the use of lifts and additional equipment for patient transfers and gait training routines, the safe patient handling movement seeks to eliminate all unnecessary manual handling of patients. This is because statistics have clearly shown that work-related...
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Exercise
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a devastating neurodegenerative disease involving the progressive loss of upper and lower motor neurons. The increasing muscle atrophy and spasticity caused by the disease leads to weakness and fatigue which eventually affects a person’s ability to ambulate, complete self-care tasks and ultimately breathe. As...
The Importance of Head Positioning with Adaptive Seating
Positioning a person with severe disabilities in a seated posture for functional activities requires matching body functions and structures with available seating and positioning technology. With the wide variety of adaptive equipment available today, positioning for function has been made easier. This type of technology allows us to position a child in space for pressure relief, create a stable pelvis...
The Accessible Icon
The Accessible Icon Project developed over the last few years is an attempt to visually demonstrate society’s changing perspectives on disability. The founders of the project saw the old International Symbol of Access as representing passivity - a mechanically seated stick figure which draws more attention to the wheelchair than the person in it. Traditionally, individuals with special needs have...
Tips & Advice
Meeting the Hygiene and Toileting Challenge with the Rifton HTS
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...
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...