Adaptive mobility equipment

PT/OT Giving the Gift of Mobility April 25, 2016 by Denise Swensen, PT, DPT
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...
News Activity-Based Curriculum in Action April 18, 2016 by Elena Noble, MPT
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...
Stories Hear It from the Only One Who Counts April 07, 2016 by Lori Potts, PT
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...
Evidence Based Practice Evidence Update: Early Intervention Stepping Practice April 04, 2016 by Elena Noble, MPT
Because bone is dynamic and responds to positive stresses and forces placed on it through weight-bearing activity, the authors of a recent study set out to examine the effects of early upright supported stepping on bone mineral content in a population of infants (1-18 months) with a form of spina bifida called myelomeningocele (MMC). They chose patients with MMC because this condition presents with...
Webinars 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.
PT/OT Adaptive Equipment for Classrooms Series: Part 3 of 3 March 13, 2016 by Gilbert Thomson, PT
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. Adaptive...
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...
Videos The Advantage of Dynamic Movement: Rifton Dynamic Pacer video 4
During ambulation the pelvis wants to move freely, both vertically and laterally. Most gait trainers limit these normal biomechanics—until now. The new Dynamic Pacer from Rifton offers an upper frame with fabulous new possibilities: vertical movement for dynamic weight bearing and lateral movement for dynamic weight shifting. Watch more videos in this series: Getting to Know the MPS...
Videos Good Positioning for Optimal Gait Training: Rifton Dynamic Pacer video 3
The Rifton Dynamic Pacer allows for customized positioning for each individual to improve positioning for better success with gait. There are many ways the frame and accessories can be adjusted during the initial trial and fitting. Watch more videos in this series: Getting to Know the MPS Adjustments Dynamic Pacer Transfer Using the MPS Good Positioning for Optimal Gait Training The Advantages of Dynamic...
Videos Dynamic Pacer Transfer Using the MPS: Rifton Dynamic Pacer video 2
The Multi-Position Saddle (MPS) is the solution for easy, smoother transfers, especially for large or heavy clients. This short video shows the steps to quickly prepare, transfer and position a client for gait training. Watch more videos in this series: Getting to Know the MPS Adjustments Dynamic Pacer Transfer Using the MPS Good Positioning for Optimal Gait Training The Advantage of Dynamic Movement
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