From the Dad of an Exceptional Graduate
Dear Rifton –
My son Alan is 18, and he has used Rifton devices most of his life. He learned to bear his own weight in the smallest-sized Dynamic Stander, which we got for him on his first birthday. Slowly he progressed to walking, first with a Pacer gait trainer, then holding two hands, one hand, and finally independently.
During the last four years, most of Alan’s education has happened at...
Lincoln Developmental Center Art Project
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...
Made in the USA: A Gallery of Our Manufacturing Process
I have this habit of looking in a new garment or pair of footwear to see where it was made, and I’m comforted when I find the mark of American craftsmanship and manufacturing. But that doesn’t touch the assurance we need when we are sourcing devices for the members of our society for whom only the best is good enough. That ‘best’ is delivered by our own citizens’ hands, and...
Third Time Lucky
It was in June 2009 that I first met Mike George. I was attending a MOVE International Trainers conference in Bakersfield, California, and Mike had flown all the way from New Brunswick to attend. There, he told me about his son Ben who had Cytomegalovirus (CMV) with resulting severe and multiple disabilities. Mike had met resistance from local therapists when trying to get the MOVE Curriculum adopted in...
Born to Run
At an early age Meg Moore began attending her older brothers' cross-country meets and decided that she wanted to run also. Although Meg was born with cerebral palsy, the additional challenges from the condition did not dampen her spirits in the pursuit of her athletic goals. Today, Meg is a member of the Pomperaug High School track and cross country teams in Southbury, Connecticut.
"I was in sixth grade...
MOVE for Adults in Action in Bakersfield
Bakersfield ARC (BARC) MOVE for Adults program is the perfect solution for supporting adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. On my first visit to Bakersfield, California, in 2008 to take the MOVE (Mobility Opportunity Via Education) Basic Provider’s course, I was introduced to BARC. The center had just become a MOVE certified adult model site for visitors to see firsthand how the...
Evidence Based Practice
Adaptive Standers Kids with Disabilities and BMD: What's the Evidence?
Bone Mineral Density It’s widely recognized that non-ambulatory children with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy are at risk for decreased bone mineral density (BMD). (1-3) Children with CP can also present with altered skeletal maturation and thinner, smaller bones. (4-6) As a consequence, these children are at an increased risk for fractures. (7-10) Research indicates that fracture...
Tips & Advice
The Rifton TRAM or the Rifton Pacer
Which Should I Use for Gait Training?
Since our newest item, the Rifton TRAM, has a walking component with similar prompts to the Pacer such as arm prompts, chest support, and walking saddle, therapists often wonder which to choose if they’re primarily interested in ambulation or gait training.
Because the TRAM does a lot more than gait training – it’s a three-in-one device that...
Tips & Advice
Lifespan Care for People with Disabilities
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...
Tips & Advice
Five Common Gait Training Goals and How to Achieve Them
The Rifton Pacer gait trainer is a remarkable piece of equipment designed to help people of all ability levels learn to use their motor skills for weight bearing and ambulation. Since the Pacer was introduced I have spoken with hundreds of therapists around the world who use this gait trainer with their clients and students and I’ve seen all kinds of configurations. Sometimes I see therapists who...