Correct Positioning in the Rifton Activity Chair
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...
Father of the IEP
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
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...
Dynamic Seating and Pelvic Positioning
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...
Feeding Chairs for Children with Special Needs
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...
Activity Chair Success, One Child at a Time
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....
Sharing Our Abilities
I just returned from the Abilities Expo 2012 in New Jersey. Those of you who’ve been there will know the parade of families and caregivers I saw all weekend – families who are struggling against enormous odds. Strangely, though, I came home enormously uplifted, and I feel like telling you about some of the people I met.
First there was a young couple with their four-year-old son Tommy (not...
Dynamic Seating is Important
To understand why dynamic seating is important we first need to understand what it is. The word “dynamic” is used to describe the presence of movement, as opposed to “static” – the absence of movement. Dynamic seating provides the support needed to remain safely positioned yet have the ability to move in all planes necessary to accomplish activities of daily living, which,...
Great New Video: Proper Positioning and What it Can Do for a Child
Here is a heartwarming video sent to us by Braxton’s dad which I thought you would appreciate. Braxton has a rare form of Rett Syndrome; there are only five others cases like his. He has survived beyond the expected 14 months of age and is a much loved member of the family. He recently received a Rifton Activity chair from the Overland Park Fire Department Benevolent Association and it has been...
Designing the Rifton Activity Chair
We have been making chairs for children with disabilities since the1970’s. Our first production models, though unique at the time, were primitive – plywood boxy frames covered with slots and knobs for adjustment. Over the years, as therapists’ input and suggestions flowed in, we continued tinkering and modifying the basic idea.
Then about ten years ago we introduced the Rifton Seating...