Correct Positioning in the Rifton Activity Chair
The Rifton Activity Chair was designed to encourage functional and active sitting postures for children with cognitive and physical disabilities. Because such children can present with a wide variety of diagnoses and positioning requirements, helping them participate in classroom or family activities can be tough, but with the right chair it’s possible. The Rifton Activity Chair, because of its...
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Taking Advantage of the Dynamic Spring Options in the Rifton Activity Chair
My experience working with Rifton products spans 21 years but I had barely a clue about how the equipment was designed or fabricated until I visited Rifton’s Woodcrest and Platte Clove Communities in New York at the start of summer vacation. My visit to each community included a tour of the facility where the equipment is made and an opportunity to speak with some of the design team members. I saw...
Activity Chair Success, One Child at a Time
Contributed by Amorita Durgin, Account Manager
Before ten-year-old Thomas received his new activity chair much of his day was spent transferring in and out of different pieces of equipment. His feeding chair had no tray, so he had to switch to a prone stander to do homework. Thomas’ grandmother found that chair difficult to use anyway, as it was too low to the ground and he kept sliding out of it....
Dynamic Seating is Important
To understand why dynamic seating is important we first need to understand what it is. The word “dynamic” is used to describe the presence of movement, as opposed to “static” – the absence of movement. Dynamic seating provides the support needed to remain safely positioned yet have the ability to move in all planes necessary to accomplish activities of daily living, which,...
Great New Video: Proper Positioning and What it Can Do for a Child
Here is a heartwarming video sent to us by Braxton’s dad which I thought you would appreciate. Braxton has a rare form of Rett Syndrome; there are only five others cases like his. He has survived beyond the expected 14 months of age and is a much loved member of the family. He recently received a Rifton Activity chair from the Overland Park Fire Department Benevolent Association and it has been...
Designing the Rifton Activity Chair
We have been making chairs for children with disabilities since the1970’s. Our first production models, though unique at the time, were primitive – plywood boxy frames covered with slots and knobs for adjustment. Over the years, as therapists’ input and suggestions flowed in, we continued tinkering and modifying the basic idea.
Then about ten years ago we introduced the Rifton Seating...
Correct Positioning in the Rifton Chair
Update: The classic wooden Rifton chair (Rifton Toddler positioning chair) much loved by classroom teachers and therapists for its simple look and basic positioning options has now been replaced (and radically upgraded) by the Rifton Activity Chair. The Rifton Activity chair has the unique versatility to convert from a supportive positioning chair to a simple classroom-style chair with the necessary...
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Seating Problems Solved by the Rifton Activity Chair
We always appreciate it when clinicians tell us about unique ways they’ve found to use our innovative medical equipment. Since introducing the Rifton Activity Chair in March 2010 we’ve had a steady stream of compliments and feedback from therapists telling why they like the chair. Here’s a short presentation we made from a list sent to us by Judi Rogers OTR/L of Los Angeles Unified...
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As a marketer, I shouldn’t be telling you about our product design, development and manufacturing details.
But I’m so impressed by what it takes to make each Rifton Activity Chair that I can’t resist ‘lifting the hood’ and sharing these facts:
A fully-loaded Rifton chair has over 1,080 separate pieces.
Manufacturing each finished chair takes the combined efforts of over...
Adaptive Seating: The Right Choice
An ICF-based Approach
Contributed by Petros Stamatiadis, PT
Adaptive seating is essential for children with neurological or neuromuscular disorders such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and meningomyelocele . Because they are prone to developing scoliosis and other musculoskeletal deformities, children with severe motor disorders need special needs seating equipment to help with positioning and...