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Tips & Advice Lifespan Care for People with Disabilities May 23, 2017 by Elena Noble, MPT
Providing activity and mobility interventions for young adults with disabilities after they leave the school system is important, particularly for maintaining quality of life. Unfortunately this outlook is not shared by everyone. A physical therapist working with young adults with developmental disabilities wrote this to me after her efforts to get adaptive equipment for her clients had been...
PT/OT Improved Hygiene Care and Toileting September 25, 2013 by Elena Noble, MPT
A Therapists Perspective Hygiene care—particularly horizontal diapering—for people with severe disabilities can be time-consuming and taxing for the caregiver especially if it involves the traditional changing-table transfers. While changing tables are commonly used for young children and seldom pose problems, as children grow older (and heavier) the process becomes increasingly demanding. As...
Webinars Supplementary Aids and Services Webinar
Supplementary aids and services are a valuable way for therapists to support students in school systems. By viewing this 30 minute webinar, you will improve your knowledge of the role of supplementary aids and services as part of the IEP process, including decision making, key factors, and service delivery. This webinar also touches on the ICF in school-based practice, and the universal design for learning...
Webinars Introducing the ICF for School based Practice
Looking at adaptive equipment use within the ICF framework in school-based practice: This on-demand webinar presented by Lori Potts, PT provides a beginner-level introduction to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. This new framework provides a relevant perspective on health that can revolutionize school-based practice. Click the play icon to begin; the webinar is 22...
Webinars Introducing the ICF for School-based Practice: Webinar Transcript
(Return to the ICF for School-based Practice Webinar) 1. Introducing the ICF in school-based practice with adaptive equipment Welcome. This is Lori Potts, physical therapist with Rifton Equipment, and this webinar is introducing the ICF for school-based practice, looking at adaptive equipment. 2. Objectives Be familiarized with the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF...
PT/OT SMART Goal Writing Using Adapted Equipment to Enhance Participation in Activities January 29, 2013 by Connie Johnson, PT, DScPT
Goal writing is central for measuring outcomes, documenting the mobility performance of a child, and securing insurance funding and reimbursement. Good goal writing supports physical therapists’ practice by objectively quantifying functional performance and achievement. With the inception of the ICF model1, therapists can focus their interventions on activities and participation in functional...
Evidence Based Practice Re Evaluating Stretching for Contracture Management December 04, 2012 by Elena Noble, MPT
Current evidence is challenging our traditional approaches to contracture management in children with cerebral palsy. Following is a brief review of the literature. Passive stretching, performed manually or with serial casting and positioning techniques, has long been the traditional approach to contracture management in children with cerebral palsy (CP). Behind this approach is the belief that stretching...
PT/OT The Importance of Measuring Partial Weight Bearing October 09, 2012 by Elena Noble, MPT
A Conversation with Sue Cecere, PT, MIT Rifton is pleased to have Sue Cecere, PT, MIT join us for this conversation. This topic was initiated after Sue and a fellow therapist toured our Rifton factory; they were introduced to our newest product – the Rifton TRAM. One of the features on this transfer and mobility device is a scale. In addition to simple weight measurements, this scale can also measure...
Tips & Advice Lifespan Care for People with Disabilities September 25, 2012 by Elena Noble, MPT
Today a colleague sent an email that I found astounding and disturbing. It came from a physical therapist working with young adults with developmental disabilities. Her efforts to get adaptive equipment for them had been frustrated. In her words: “More often than not I’m told that there is no point in introducing/reintroducing the use of standing frames and gait trainers with this age group...
PT/OT Adaptive Seating: The Right Choice July 22, 2011 by Lori Potts, PT
An ICF-based Approach Contributed by Petros Stamatiadis, PT Adaptive seating is essential for children with neurological or neuromuscular disorders such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and meningomyelocele . Because they are prone to developing scoliosis and other musculoskeletal deformities, children with severe motor disorders need special needs seating equipment to help with positioning and...
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