Which Should I Use For Gait Training?
Since our newest items, the Rifton TRAM and the Rifton Dynamic Pacer both have the capacity to support walking practice and have similar prompts, including arm prompts, trunk support, and walking saddle, therapists often wonder which to choose for ambulation or gait training.
Because the TRAM does a lot more than gait training – it’s a three-in-one device that combines sit...
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...
Giving the Gift of Mobility
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...
Activity-Based Curriculum in Action
Students at Woodland Developmental Center are on the move all day. The hallways are busy, the classrooms noisy and full of activity as the children practice important life skills that have been incorporated into their curriculum. And that’s what’s different about Woodland. Where students with disabilities in other schools may be seen two or three times a week in the therapy department, Woodland...
Hear It from the Only One Who Counts
Usually we run blog posts from or for clinicians. It’s rare that we have the chance to share the user’s experience, so when we received a product review from a sixth-grade student we knew we had to run it. Jenny Cashion, Ana’s therapist, writes:
One of my students, Ana, hadn’t had much success with previous trials on adaptive tricycles. When I introduced her to the large Rifton...
Winning the Funding Battle for Standing Devices
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...
Introducing the Rifton Dynamic Pacer
Watch Rifton’s on-demand video/webinar introducing Rifton’s Dynamic Pacer. The Dynamic Pacer is a gait trainer that achieves proper positioning and provides dynamic weight bearing and shifting for a natural gait pattern and easier stepping. In this 40 minute video, recorded in March 2016, the large Dynamic Pacer frame systems, accessories and features are explained and demonstrated.
Talking About Posture Care & Disability
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...
Adaptive Equipment for Classrooms Series: Part 3 of 3
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.