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...
PT/OT Sample Letters of Medical Necessity for the Rifton Dynamic Pacer Gait Trainer January 05, 2016 by Lori Potts, PT
Since the new Dynamic Pacer became available we have been receiving questions regarding funding for this device. Evolving from the previous model of Pacer, the Dynamic Pacer now offers many new additional features including a dynamic upper frame, multi-positioning saddle, arm platforms, utility base (with bigger wheels for rough, outdoor  surfaces), and a treadmill base option. To obtain...
PT/OT Evidence Update December 07, 2015 by Elena Noble, MPT
For decades already we’ve seen standing programs used as a therapeutic intervention for adults with neurological conditions. We’ve known that without such intervention, patients with spinal cord injuries, strokes, traumatic brain injuries or multiple sclerosis spend hours and hours each day in sedentary postures—with devastating results. Sitting for upwards of eight hours a day leads to...
PT/OT Teamwork in a Task-Oriented Approach December 01, 2015 by Gilbert Thomson, PT
Task-oriented therapy approaches are used widely in school systems across the country. This is because students with disabilities learn and respond to their greatest potential when motor learning is incorporated into functional and meaningful tasks throughout the school day. One of the most successful and recognized task oriented methodologies is the MOVE Program. Within the MOVE curriculum, as in all task...
PT/OT The New Rifton Dynamic Pacer Gait Trainer, So Much More Than a Walker November 24, 2015 by Lori Potts, PT
Often parents of children with disabilities – and adults who have incurred serious injuries – seek out walkers to enable better mobility and walking practice. While walkers have their place in rehabilitation, these very basic support devices offer very little when compared to gait trainers – and even less when compared to the new Dynamic Rifton Pacer gait trainer. What’s so...
PT/OT Studying Neurodevelopmental Disorders with the Rifton Activity Chair November 12, 2015 by Elena Noble, MPT
From school classrooms to radiology departments to hospital feeding clinics, the Rifton Activity Chair meets a range of positioning needs in a variety of environments. Recently we learned of yet another clinical setting where the Activity Chair has found a niche: in the study of neurodevelopmental disorders at the UC Davis MIND Institute, an internationally respected research facility. Here, the...
PT/OT Six New Features of Rifton’s Dynamic Pacer November 10, 2015 by Elena Noble, MPT
The 1980’s, a tumultuous decade by any measure, was also the period we first introduced the Rifton gait trainer. Aside from its original purpose—to provide a means of upright mobility for individuals with severe disabilities—much about the product has changed, largely as a result of the steady, rich flow of design feedback we get from therapists around the world. And that change...
PT/OT Why Dynamic Gait Training? October 28, 2015 by Elena Noble, MPT
Walking is a complex function and dynamic mobility features are important in gait training equipment as they assist in creating natural and more typical gait patterns. When we talk about dynamic gait training, we are appreciating the often unobserved but significant shifts of the body (as indicated by its center of gravity) particularly in the vertical and lateral directions for energy efficient and...
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