Adaptive seating

PT/OT Benefits of Adaptive Seating Beyond the Wheelchair January 26, 2015 by Terri Oxender, OTR/L, ATP
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:...
PT/OT Teaching Active Sitting Skills January 19, 2015 by Elena Noble, MPT
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...
PT/OT Feeding Studies with the Rifton Activity Chair August 12, 2014 by Elena Noble, MPT
In feeding clinics and hospitals nationwide, the Videofluoroscopic Swallow Study (VFSS), also known as a Modified Barium Swallow (MBS), is an instrument of choice for diagnosing and evaluating swallowing disorders. Usually collaborating with a radiologist, a speech language pathologist will perform the study primarily if there is concern for aspiration during eating and drinking among other issues....
PT/OT Optimal Positioning with Adaptive Seating for the Child with Cerebral Palsy August 05, 2014 by Lori Potts, PT
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...
Stories Lincoln Developmental Center Art Project May 20, 2014 by Janine Brouwer, MSPT
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 Dynamic 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...
PT/OT Stabilizing the Pelvis with the Rifton Pelvic Harness April 29, 2014 by Lori Potts, PT
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...
PT/OT The Importance of Head Positioning with Adaptive Seating April 08, 2014 by Elena Noble, MPT
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 pelvis...
PT/OT Correct Positioning in the Rifton Activity Chair February 25, 2014 by Elena Noble, MPT
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...
Tips & Advice Taking Advantage of the Dynamic Spring Options in the Rifton Activity Chair July 23, 2013 by Lori Deyo-Obler, PT, MS, C/NDT
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...
Tips & Advice The New Rifton Seating Worksheet May 14, 2013 by Ann Kurtz
Rifton provides quality customer service and continually seeks ways to improve a customer’s experience when interacting with us. Recently we have improved our seating recommendation services to help you get the right size of chair the first time round. Choosing the right size of adaptive chair for a child with disabilities can be challenging; there are so many dimensions to consider. Therapists and...
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