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Adapted Standing Interventions for Children with Medical Complexity

February 19, 2024 by Tanya Myers, PT, DPT, AnnMarie Stauffer, PT, DPT, and Lisa Gradziel, PT, DPT
A girl stands in a Rifton Stander in prone configuration and smiles with her therapist.

Standing is thought to have many benefits for children with multiple disabilities including bowel management, bone density, tone management, range of motion, and pain management among others.

PT/OT Adapted Seating Interventions for Children with Medical Complexity January 18, 2024 by Tanya Myers, PT, DPT, AnnMarie Stauffer, PT, DPT, and Lisa Gradziel, PT, DPT
As school-based therapists, we are frequently asked to provide input on seating, standing, and movement opportunities (including walking and gross motor participation). The school is a naturally supportive setting for children of all abilities to participate more.
Evidence Based Practice Supported Standing: A New Perspective on Physical Activity for Children with CP November 21, 2023 by Michelle Meier, PT, DPT
Physical inactivity is the fourth risk factor for mortality worldwide. In 2010, to counteract the debilitating effects of inactivity and sedentary lifestyles, the World Health Organization (WHO) published guidelines for physical activity across the lifespan.
Evidence Based Practice Evidence Update: Overground Supported Stepping in Individuals with Non-Ambulant Cerebral Palsy October 09, 2023 by Elena Noble, MPT
A newly published scoping systematic review highlights the use of gait trainers in children, adolescents and adults with non-ambulant cerebral palsy.
PT/OT Achieving Optimal Standing Outcomes with the New Rifton Stander August 23, 2023 by Michelle Meier, PT, DPT
Consider the key features and benefits of the new Rifton stander—and how to maximize these to achieve the best standing outcomes for children with disabilities.
Evidence Based Practice Adaptive Standing in Early Intervention for Children with CP August 10, 2023 by Elena Noble, MPT
The first few years of a child’s life are a critical time of cognitive, emotional and physical development. Early active movement and environmental exploration drive development through the building of cortical connections and physical adaptation in response to the movement.
News Evidence Update: Finally, a Compelling Case for Coverage for Adaptive Bikes June 28, 2023 by Joe Keiderling
Health insurance coverage for adaptive bikes has been rare at best, and this needs to change. A recent policy brief effectively dismantles the policy flaws surrounding adaptive cycling and provides regulatory and legislative paths to change.
PT/OT The On Time Mobility Framework May 29, 2023 by Elena Noble, MPT
“On Time Mobility” is a term coined to reflect best practices towards providing hours of daily active mobility opportunities to young children with disabilities, to foster exploration, motor development and socialization.
PT/OT APT KENYA – Changing Lives with Postural Management April 26, 2023 by Catherine Barton, Pediatric Physiotherapist
A successful and innovative postural management program for children with disabilities in Kenya improves their quality of life and daily participation.
Evidence Based Practice Using Prompts to Improve Toilet Training for Children with Physical Disabilities March 30, 2023 by Elena Noble, MPT
For children with multiple disabilities, toilet training is a challenging process. This whitepaper describes the effective use of prompts to shape behaviors and function during the toileting process for successful outcomes in children with physical disabilities.
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