PT/OT Giving the Gift of Mobility April 25, 2016 by Denise Swensen, PT, DPT
Typically developing children reach most motor milestones in a fairly predictable manner. By six months babies are rolling; by eight months they are creeping on all fours and sitting on their own and by ten-twelve months they are standing and getting ready to take their first steps. During this part of the first year of life, typically developing babies are exploring their environment, interacting with...
PT/OT Winning the Funding Battle for Standing Devices March 24, 2016 by Melissa K Tally, PT, MPT, ATP and Erin M Pope, PT, MPT, ATP
For all of us, standing is an integral part of the developmental sequence. And particularly for people with motor impairments and physical disabilities it is one of the key building blocks that leads to exploratory mobility. (Bower, E.) A child who is unable to stand may be missing out on developmental learning and interaction with the environment. We know the many benefits of standing as well: improved...
PT/OT Talking About Posture Care & Disability March 22, 2016 by Tamara Kittelson Aldred
Using 24-Hour Postural Care to Combat the Twin Foes of Gravity and Time The word “posture” often conjures memories of being told to “sit up straight” as a kid – but that is not what we are talking about here. Postures that are used persistently as a habit will have a huge impact on the lives of people with motor disabilities – and not for the best! While most of us...
PT/OT Adaptive Equipment for Classrooms Series: Part 3 of 3 March 13, 2016 by Gilbert Thomson, PT
Today’s post is the third in a series of articles on the topic of adaptive equipment use in the classroom. Adaptive equipment, used appropriately, serves as a teaching tool for students to learn motor skills such as sitting, standing, and walking, while engaged in the curriculum. This post focuses on walking, emphasizing the importance of reducing prompts to increase independence. Adaptive...
PT/OT Adaptive Equipment for Classrooms Series: Part 2 of 3 March 07, 2016 by Gilbert Thomson, PT
Today’s post is the second in a series of articles on the topic of adaptive equipment use in the classroom. Adaptive equipment, used appropriately, serves as a teaching tool for students to learn motor skills such as sitting, standing, and walking, while engaged in the curriculum. This post focuses on standing, including research evidence and tips to promote standing as a motor skill. Adaptive...
PT/OT Adaptive Equipment for Classrooms Series: Part 1 of 3 February 29, 2016 by Gilbert Thomson, PT
This post is the first in a series of articles on the topic of adaptive equipment use in the classroom. Adaptive equipment, used appropriately, serves as a teaching tool for students to learn the motor skills of sitting, standing, and walking, while engaged in the curriculum. This post focuses on active sitting as a motor skill. Adaptive Equipment for Classrooms Series: Part 2 of 3 Adaptive Equipment for...
PT/OT Best Practices for Classroom Prompting February 15, 2016 by Margaret Rice, PT
When teaching children with special needs new skills, therapists and teachers typically provide prompts to guide the process. According to activity-based curriculums, prompts are defined as supports, and may come in many different forms. Prompts are ever changing, depending on the activity. A wide variety of prompts enables special education classroom staff to choose the one or combination that are most...
PT/OT Implementing a New and Successful Toileting Program in the Educational Setting February 02, 2016 by Nadine Wallace, PTA, Kathryn Burgwin, PT and Jessica Burton, PT
The Day School at The Children’s Institute is an approved private school in Western PA.  We have 186 students with 27 classrooms. We provide a school program for students with multiple disabilities and for students with autism. All of our students present with severe disabilities affecting motor control, cognition and/or behavior. We have been using MOVE (Mobility Options Via Education) here at...
PT/OT Positioning Checklist for the Dynamic Pacer Gait Trainer January 19, 2016 by Elena Noble, MPT
Our new Dynamic Pacer has much to offer in the way of positioning options for people with disabilities. With three choices of bases, dynamic upper frame functionality, a multi-positioning saddle and so many other prompts and supports, clients can experience the best positioning possible for successful gait training. Therapists know how tough it can be to remember each client’s specific...
PT/OT Beyond the Medical Model January 11, 2016 by Kim Lephart, PT, DPT, MBA, PCS
Therapy services are provided in hospitals, clinics, homes and schools. But in the educational setting, therapy intervention is unique because it is controlled by the landmark education legislation called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and by the child’s Individualized Educational Program (IEP). In this setting, school-based therapy intervention focuses on the child and how...
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