Elena Noble, MPT

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elena noble authorI didn’t know what to expect when I first joined Rifton in 2007, but I was looking for a challenge.  

I found that challenge and enjoy the work. It involves a little of everything—marketing, clinical pediatrics and orthopedics, conducting educational workshops, watering the office plants. I absolutely love the interaction with people who use our equipment and I occasionally make it down to the factory floor to help with the production of Rifton products. 

And you guessed it. Being a PT I value good health and exercise. Playing cards does rank pretty high along with fellowship and plenty of good laughs. And most importantly I am the mother of three beautiful daughters and a proud graduate of West Virginia University. Go Mountaineers!

News Write a Caption, Win a Prize! June 13, 2017 by Elena Noble, MPT
Our photographer captured this moment during a photo shoot of the new E-Pacer at a local facility. Write a caption and submit it in the comment box below. We’ll pick a winner on July 1st. The winner will receive a free Rifton bag.
Evidence Based Practice Evidence Update: Dynamic Seating for Children with Autism May 30, 2017 by Elena Noble, MPT
Teachers and therapists working in inclusive classrooms continue to work to improve academic outcomes for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  One fascinating area of inquiry is seating modification to improve in-seat performance, as students may need to sit for five hours during a normal school day. In one recent article on the topic, researchers examined how dynamic seating options...
Tips & Advice Lifespan Care for People with Disabilities May 23, 2017 by Elena Noble, MPT
Providing activity and mobility interventions for young adults with disabilities after they leave the school system is important, particularly for maintaining quality of life. Unfortunately this outlook is not shared by everyone. A physical therapist working with young adults with developmental disabilities wrote this to me after her efforts to get adaptive equipment for her clients had been...
Tips & Advice Arm Prompt Adjustment Tutorial May 16, 2017 by Elena Noble, MPT
The arm supports of the Rifton Pacer are central to good positioning and gait control. When placed correctly, they assist with weight-bearing, weight-shifting, head control, upper extremity stability and steering. We find, however, that some users don’t make use of the full range of adjustments that are available on the arm prompts, hence this tutorial.   Clamp Placement ...
PT/OT Boxing and Balance Exercise April 25, 2017 by Elena Noble, MPT
Although on the market for over five years, the TRAM continues to surprise us. Here are some great ideas for using the TRAM in rehab, focusing on balance support and activity, from Jamie Haines, PT, DScPT, NCS at Central Michigan University. High-Intensity Boxing This patient has Parkinson's disease, Stage III. He was afraid to participate in an exercise class until he used the Rifton TRAM. What a...
Evidence Based Practice Evidence Update: Improving Services for Youth with Disabilities April 13, 2017 by Elena Noble, MPT
For a child with disabilities, few transitions are as fraught as the passage from youth to adult, usually around age 21. While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) makes some provision for transitional services for youth as they prepare to move out of the school system for “further education, employment or independent living,” these services are often poorly defined and...
PT/OT Tilt and Recline in Pediatric Mobility March 06, 2017 by Elena Noble, MPT
We know that there are over fifteen body functions and body structures affected by the orientation of an adaptive seating system. So needless to say, when setting up such a seating system for a child with disabilities, it’s important to get it right. That task falls on the child’s therapist or ATP. Successful positioning and functional results depends on thoroughly understanding the...
PT/OT Out in Front with Mechanical Lifts in Schools February 27, 2017 by Elena Noble, MPT
Last week I attended the Combined Section Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association. It was held in San Antonio (great choice, especially in February!) and included some excellent programming. I’d like to share highlights from one of the workshops which focused on using lift and transfer devices in schools. It was presented by therapists from four large school districts. Each district...
Tips & Advice Medicaid Funding for Adaptive Tricycles February 22, 2017 by Elena Noble, MPT
As most of you undoubtedly know, for children with disabilities exercise such as cycling with a special needs tricycle can be therapeutic as well as fun. Cycling may provide a variety of health benefits unavailable through other medical interventions. For example, children with severe mobility limitations may have few, if any, other options for strengthening their cardiovascular system. In fact, cycling...
Tips & Advice Using Slip Sheets to Position the TRAM Walking Saddle February 13, 2017 by Elena Noble, MPT
Therapists are always looking for ways to accomplish patient transfers as simply and quickly as possible without excessive repositioning of the patient. Today we’re sharing a great hack from Jamie Haines, PT, DScPT, NCS at Central Michigan University for getting the TRAM Walking Saddle in place under the client without the extra seated transfer.   .embed-container { position: relative; padding...
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