Therapeutic Benefits Pacer Positioning Checklist
Therapists who use the Pacer gait trainer with more than one client know how important it is to replicate the same settings and positioning each time. But since each user requires different settings, it’s easy to forget from client to client and miss out an important adjustment or prompt. The staff at MOVE have devised a handy checklist to prevent this. We’ve taken their form and reorganized it and made it interactive, and we’re happy to offer it in downloadable format here. Download PDF (228.8 KB)
Therapeutic Benefits Mobility Opportunities Via Education
The MOVE® program helps people with disabilities learn to sit, stand, walk and transition so they can participate more fully in family and community life. MOVE® is a stepped process that helps you assess your client’s ability and incrementally teach key motor skills. And it works.
Therapeutic Benefits Adaptive Equipment Positioning Form
In schools and facilities serving those with disabilities, adaptive equipment is used all the time to position participants for education, vocation and recreation. The positioning protocol is a helpful tool with which practitioners and caregivers can reliably communicate key positioning instructions for their clients to various team members. Download PDF (76.2 KB)
Therapeutic Benefits Motor Learning Assumptions
These three assumptions provide the basis for understanding motor learning and practice in children with severe disabilities. Motor Learning Assumption 1: Learning is one of the most significant ways that we know in which change can be induced in the CNS in response to the environment (which includes the therapist) or the actions of the individual. Strong support for this assumption may be found in the...
Therapeutic Benefits Benefits of the Rifton Support Station
The Rifton Support Station enables diapering, toileting and hygiene care to occur in a comfortable, convenient and dignified standing position. Greater independence and dignity: Putting an end to infant-like horizontal hygiene can have dramatic emotional benefits. Even people with very limited weight-bearing ability can now participate in their own personal care. Less time out: Faster than...
Therapeutic Benefits Benefits of Early Mobility with an Emphasis on Gait Training
Ambulation is defined as the ability to walk from place to place, with or without an assistive device. Locomotion is the ability to move from one place to the next. In human development, independent mobility begins with the locomotion of crawling, and progresses to upright ambulation. During typical development...
Therapeutic Benefits Benefits of the Adaptive Tricycle as a Therapeutic Activity
To all at Rifton: A Large Rifton tricycle was recently purchased by The Emily Ann Griffin Foundation for Basem, one of my students. His new Rifton trike includes many of the new upgrades — like the trunk support system and the rear steering bar. I recently went to his house to see him in action on his new trike. First and foremost, his mother has never been happier than seeing her son, who is...
Therapeutic Benefits Rifton Prone Stander: Features & Benefits
Prolonged immobility in a sitting or lying position can result in contractures, skeletal deformity, skin ulcers, and digestion, respiration, or circulatory system deficits for special needs children. However, independent standing requires the ability to extend the hips and knees, and bear weight to hold the body upright against gravity. The different types of joints in the body require different amounts...
Therapeutic Benefits Standing Tall
By Mark P. Warner, PT, ATP Pediatric physical therapy has been my career for almost fifteen years. Working in a variety of settings, including acute care, school-based therapy and outpatient rehabilitation, has allowed me to witness the benefits children with special needs gain from using assistive technology. During the past ten years, a considerable amount of my continuing education has focused on...
Therapeutic Benefits Benefits of Upper Extremity Stabilization with Rifton Anchors
The Rifton Anchor stabilizes the user's arm to provide upper trunk support. An Anchor can assist a user affected by uncontrolled motor movement and can be used alone or together with another Anchor. Upper extremity stabilization allows the user better control and function of the arm that is free. Stability: The Arm Anchor and the Elbow Anchor used as an arm stabilizer can help a child sit upright at a...
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