Adaptive equipment use

Stories Biking, Love and a Brother with Disabilities November 28, 2016 by Clare Stober
I’m not normally one to get excited over a commercial masquerading as a feel-good documentary, but here’s one that might just make you feel a bit better about life. It comes from Schwinn, the bike manufacturer. Stay with me for the beginning and watch for the transition around the 2-minute mark. (Spoiler alert: Rifton makes a cameo!)     .embed-container { position: relative; padding...
Tips & Advice Reverse the New Pacer’s Multi-Positioning Saddle in Just 10 Seconds November 22, 2016 by Lori Potts, PT
Many of our customers love the versatility of the new Rifton Pacer, but not everyone knows the simple and quick trick to reverse the Multi Positioning Saddle (MPS) allowing an individual to benefit from the pelvic positioning and weight bearing assist while using the Pacer gait trainer as a posterior walker. Here are the simple steps to make this happen: .embed-container { position: relative; padding...
PT/OT The Clinical Progression: Treadmill to Overground Ambulation November 15, 2016 by Elena Noble, MPT
Gait training is central in the rehabilitation of individuals with neuromotor disabilities. In clinical circles, there is considerable debate over whether gait training is best performed over a treadmill or over ground. Is one intervention more effective than the other? The research on this topic is inconclusive at best. What we do know, however, is that studies comparing the two gait training approaches...
Tips & Advice Ingenious Solutions from the Field: Increasing Abduction Range on the Small Prone Stander November 01, 2016 by Elena Noble, MPT
Supported standing for children with disabilities has many health benefits, among them maintaining hip integrity for the prevention of hip dislocations. To achieve optimal hip stability through adapted standing routines, lower extremity abduction is important. A recent literature review indicated that standing to improve hip  stability should be in 30 to 60 degrees abduction for 60 minutes daily...
Tips & Advice Adaptive Tricycle Funding Resources October 20, 2016 by Elena Noble, MPT
A bike is the quintessence of childhood happiness. But for a child with disabilities, we think it’s a medical necessity. Beyond the joy and exhilaration of free-wheeling movement, the opportunity for reciprocal lower extremity exercise is crucial to the well-being of someone with fragile health. While the therapy community is unanimous on this point, sadly medical insurance companies underestimate...
Evidence Based Practice Evidence Update: Selecting Gait Trainer Features September 23, 2016 by Elena Noble, MPT
Once again Ginny Paleg, DScPT, MPT and Roslyn Livingstone, MSc have delivered a valuable literature review, this one on the all-important topic of gait training. In the therapy community we’re well aware of the importance of mobility for the developing mind and body. Because children with cerebral palsy at GMFCS levels IV and V are not independently mobile, supportive gait trainers provide critical...
PT/OT Making Better Use of Arm Supports August 10, 2016 by Elena Noble, MPT
Adaptive gait devices come with a wide range of positioning accessories for supporting upright and ambulatory postures. Of these, arm supports are frequently used to provide basic upper extremity placement and positioning. But when understood and used correctly, arm supports can do so much more, particularly when it comes to positioning in gait. Here they can assist with weight-bearing, stepping, head...
Tips & Advice Ingenious Solutions from the Field: Creating a Pacer Hip Corral August 01, 2016 by Lori Potts, PT
A creative concept that came to us from the field is to use the Pacer Chest Prompt as a guide for hip positioning often referred to as a hip corral. This is achieved by flipping the chest prompt upside-down, so that the longer portion of the prompt faces downward. Having the chest prompt low around the hips can be an effective way to provide positioning for the student who has good trunk control but...
PT/OT Survey Results: Building a Case for Dynamic Seating July 26, 2016 by Lori Potts, PT
Occupational therapist Michelle Lange recently conducted a survey on dynamic seating. Her questions focused on wheelchairs that have dynamic components integrated into or added to the design. Over 100 clinicians and suppliers responded and it’s clear that we’re seeing an increased appreciation for dynamic adaptive equipment for children and clients with unique positioning needs. Michelle...
PT/OT Positioning Checklist for the Rifton TRAM July 15, 2016 by Elena Noble, MPT
The Rifton TRAM offers unique recovery opportunities in rehab, homecare and school-based settings with its capacity for supported ambulation, seated and sit-to-stand transfers. As with any adaptive equipment, using the right supports and settings is important to achieving a desired outcome. This positioning checklist offers a way for clinicians to record in detail how they want each client treated. We are...
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