Rifton Equipment is intended to help children achieve the highest possible level of independence and personal dignity. Straps and supports should be used only when they support this goal. General uses for straps and supports include:
Never leave a child unattended when straps or supports have been applied. If a child needs a strap, then special supervision is required.
Use adequate straps/supports so the child cannot fall off equipment or slide down and be injured. If you are not sure how much support to use, consult with a therapist and consider the following points:
Remember, the presence of a particular strap on a piece of adaptive equipment does not necessarily mean it must be used in all cases.
Using straps, trays or supports to restrict a child's movement is considered behavioral restraint, which may raise ethical and legal issues for your facility. Rifton Equipment is not intended for this use.
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