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...
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...
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...
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....
Born to Run
At an early age Meg Moore began attending her older brothers' cross-country meets and decided that she wanted to run also. Although Meg was born with cerebral palsy, the additional challenges from the condition did not dampen her spirits in the pursuit of her athletic goals. Today, Meg is a member of the Pomperaug High School track and cross country teams in Southbury, Connecticut.
"I was in sixth grade...