School based therapy

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 How the HTS is Changing Lives July 15, 2014 by Elena Noble, MPT
Since the recent launch of our newest product, the Hygiene and Toileting System (HTS), we’ve been hearing from many parents, teachers and therapists how this product has improved the toileting outcomes for children with disabilities. Here’s a great example from a special education teacher at a school on the west coast. “We love the HTS in our classroom. I have been using it with a...
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...
News Father of the IEP February 18, 2014 by Carmen Hinkey
Last month a pioneer died. James Gallagher was the man who introduced the idea of an individualized education plan (IEP) and a tireless advocate of the idea that every child deserves a free and appropriate public education, regardless of physical or intellectual abilities. He was the person most responsible for the passage of the 1975 landmark legislation now known as the Individuals with Disabilities...
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....
PT/OT Hygiene and Self Care for Your Patients September 17, 2013 by Lauri Cohen OTR/L
As an occupational therapist, one of my main goals has been to foster independence in my patients. For one, Randy, this independence centered on the area of hygiene and self-care. When I first met Randy he presented with developmental delays and underlying musculoskeletal impairments that affected his ability to move independently and perform age-appropriate transfers and functional activities. In...
PT/OT Prone Standers: Positioning for Health and Independence September 10, 2013 by Lori Potts, PT
Prolonged immobility in a seated or supine position can result in contractures, skeletal deformity, skin ulcers and decreased bone mineral density. It can cause deficits in the digestive, respiratory, and circulatory systems. This is especially true for children with special needs who have decreased muscle strength, balance and tone issues. Because they cannot move or stand independently, these children...
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...
Evidence Based Practice Great Systematic Review on Pediatric Supported Standing July 16, 2013 by Elena Noble, MPT
Physical therapists frequently implement supported standing protocols in pediatric settings for children whose disabilities would otherwise confine them to wheelchairs for most of the day. But there is a lack of evidence pertaining to the timing and frequency of adaptive standing for best outcomes. Ginny Paleg, PT, MPT, DScPT and her team chose to address the problem and recently came out with a...
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...
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