Evidence Based Practice
Evidence Update: Positioning for Cognition
Motor development in children is closely connected to cognitive development. As children learn new postures and mobility skills they’re increasingly able to explore their environment. This, in turn, helps improve cognition. In order to nurture these same motor and cognitive gains in children with disabilities, therapists use supported positioning techniques to facilitate age-appropriate skills and...
Tips & Advice
Ingenious Solutions from the Field
For those who would like to use a communication device while in the Rifton Activity Chair, here is a creative solution from a school-based therapist.
1. Replace an armrest on the Activity Chair with the metal forearm prompt base (without the arm prompts attached).
2. Attach the clamp that comes with the Dynamic Pacer communication tray to the forearm prompt base.
3. Insert the communication tray post into...
Adaptive Equipment for Classrooms Series: Part 1 of 3
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...
Special Colors for Special People
Kids love color. They notice it in nature, clothing and the classroom. So why not put that color on an Activity Chair? Available new this year, Rifton has six color choices to brighten up the seat and the back of the Activity Chair. So make your child’s chair fun and extra special with one of these choices: pink, red, blue, green, tan or purple.
Benefits of Adaptive Seating Beyond the Wheelchair
Wheelchair seating and positioning is a frequent source of frustration for parents. I often hear that the wheelchair just doesn’t work well in the home. It is too low to use at the table for meals or homework but it sits too tall for their child to be at the same height as their friends. Or I hear complaints about maneuverability in the home. But perhaps the most important complaint I hear is this:...
Teaching Active Sitting Skills
As therapists we generally like to distinguish between active and passive sitting. Active sitting refers to dynamic positioning of the trunk and extremities over a stabilized pelvis for the purpose of completing a task. Active sitting is the posture we use for eating, learning and participation because it is a posture of alertness and purpose, relying heavily on the strength and sustained functioning of...
Optimal Positioning with Adaptive Seating for the Child with Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy is a result of abnormalities in the parts of the brain that control muscle movements. For children with cerebral palsy, their muscle control, coordination, and posture will be affected to varying degrees by this faulty development or damage to areas of their brain. Cerebral Palsy affects approximately three out of every 1,000 children, and symptoms can range from mild to severe physical...
Lincoln Developmental Center Art Project
For a few weeks in February and March of this year the students at Lincoln Developmental Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan donned paint shirts and participated in a school-wide art project. Using Rifton chairs, Pacers, or Mobile Standers, they gathered around large canvases to create paintings of figures very much like themselves - moving about and exploring their world with the help of their adaptive...
Stabilizing the Pelvis with the Rifton Pelvic Harness
Why do we need to stabilize the pelvis when sitting? To answer this, we need to understand hip and pelvis anatomy and the involved kinesiology. First, given the ball and socket nature of the hip joint, significant degrees of motion are available. The hip joint can move from being in a position of entire stability or “closed-packed” positioning to one of mobility, called the “open...
The Importance of Head Positioning with Adaptive Seating
Positioning a person with severe disabilities in a seated posture for functional activities requires matching body functions and structures with available seating and positioning technology. With the wide variety of adaptive equipment available today, positioning for function has been made easier. This type of technology allows us to position a child in space for pressure relief, create a stable...