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...
Stories Made in the USA: A Gallery of Our Manufacturing Process March 25, 2014 by Carmen Hinkey
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...
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...
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...
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...
PT/OT Dynamic Seating and Pelvic Positioning May 07, 2013 by Lori Deyo-Obler, PT, MS, C/NDT
The human body is designed to move. Movement is vital in keeping the body’s systems healthy and functioning. Without movement, function is lost, muscles weaken and skin is at risk of breaking down. Conditions such as cerebral palsy may limit an individual’s ability to initiate purposeful, spontaneous movement and so impede muscle strengthening and growth. Such people must be presented with...
PT/OT Feeding Chairs for Children with Special Needs April 16, 2013 by Lori Potts, PT
Therapists, teachers and parents are well aware that children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities can face more challenges (and pose more challenges) than the average child. This can be particularly true during mealtimes. Feeding problems commonly associated with disability include dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), and gastro-intestinal reflux (spitting up frequently) as well as oral...
Stories Activity Chair Success, One Child at a Time August 28, 2012 by Lori Potts, PT
Contributed by Amorita Durgin, Account Manager Before ten-year-old Thomas received his new activity chair much of his day was spent transferring in and out of different pieces of equipment. His feeding chair had no tray, so he had to switch to a prone stander to do homework. Thomas’ grandmother found that chair difficult to use anyway, as it was too low to the ground and he kept sliding out of it....
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