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...
In the Interest of Early Mobility
With the introduction of the Rifton TRAM and Pacer XL to the world of adults with disabilities, we have received a number of inquiries concerning the value of these products in the ICU and critical care settings. I don’t have all the answers, but here’s what I’ve found:
Early ICU mobility is working its way into the research spotlight and being closely examined as a means to combat the...
Tribute to Don Noble
Today’s post is out of the ordinary; it’s a tribute to my Grandpa, Don Noble. Grandpa passed away a week ago. He did not have any physical disabilities or surmount any huge obstacles as many of the people featured in our posts have done; he lived a healthy life. But as he reached his final years Alzheimer’s set in. During this time I was privileged to care for him and his wife and was...
Guidelines for Functional Use of the Pacer Gait Trainer part II
In the Pacer gait trainer children with a wide variety of disabilities can gain independent movement while provided with appropriate support. The Pacer accessories (we call them prompts) are infinitely adjustable to accommodate the individual needs of almost any person.
Many people use the Pacer without fully appreciating the adjustments that are possible. Last week we took a closer look at the Pacer...