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Advocacy for Cerebral Palsy

A Parent Interview

June 15, 2018 by Michele Shusterman
A teenage boy walks outside in a Rifton Pacer Gait Trainer while an aid assists him.

Recently, Rifton caught up with Michele Shusterman, mother of Maya and founder/president of CP NOW, a cerebral palsy nonprofit. CP NOW provides educational and support resources to the CP community and funds new research ideas. Although newly formed, CP NOW is gaining recognition and receiving accolades from families, professional organizations and CP centers throughout the US, particularly for their CP...

PT/OT Treadmill Base: A Solution for Gait Practice June 01, 2018 by Lori Potts, PT
Body-weight-supported treadmill training (BWSTT) is widely recognized as a promising intervention to improve ambulation for individuals with neuromotor disability, with diagnoses including cerebral palsy¹, spinal cord...
PT/OT Writing SMART Goals for Adaptive Equipment May 28, 2018 by Margaret Rice, PT
When using adaptive equipment it is important to have high standards for goal writing and data collection. Adaptive equipment spans a huge range from gait trainers to pencil grips. How many times have you seen adaptive equipment that was recommended for a student not being used properly or to its full potential? It is important to establish SMART goals for adaptive equipment the moment it is put into use...
Stories Great Strides with the Dynamic Rifton Pacer and Treadmill Base May 07, 2018 by Shirley Dzikowski, PT
I have had great success with the dynamic Rifton Pacer gait trainer matched with Rifton’s treadmill base. Because my clients are completely supported, including their hands and arms, they are safe to work over a moving treadmill base. Some of my clients even “run” on the treadmill at 2.0 and 2.5 mph as I have placed them up a bit higher and they learn how to move their feet quicker. This...
PT/OT Tips and Tricks for Getting More Out of Your Rifton TRAM April 23, 2018 by Christy Hupka, PT
The Rifton TRAM provides a lot of flexibility within our school setting for standing, walking, and transfers.  Mostly it is used for safe transfers that would typically require a two-person lift.  However, in one of my schools it has provided a great solution for two students who needed more flexibility in their standing and walking routines at school. Here are two examples: Case 1:  This...
PT/OT New Webinar on Motor Learning April 17, 2018 by Lori Potts, PT
On April 12, we hosted a webinar, Progressive Gait Training: Motor Learning Strategies and the Research, discussing motor skill acquisition through practice, feedback and prompt reduction. It concluded with a demonstration of the Rifton Pacer and tips for therapeutic and functional use of the Pacer emphasizing the benefits of dynamic support and the reduction of physical assistance to increase...
Stories March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month March 25, 2018
Rifton products have been featured in several posts on Instagram that celebrate CP warriors, so we would like to share some of our favorites with you.   Noah had a great time at his friends birthday party. #cpwarrior #cpawareness #cpdad A post shared by Nickyd (@nic85jd) on Mar 26, 2018 at 11:08am PDT   Shout Out to ALL our fellow CP warriors 💪🏼💚#cpawareness #rifton #kmh...
Stories The Magic of the Floating Frame March 19, 2018 by Amanda Blankley
Saad is a young man who just transitioned to our adult services from his school program in September 2017, and even though I try hard not to have favorites, Saad tests my resolve; he never fails to brighten my day. When Saad first arrived, he only had the wheelchair he came in. We put him in an old-style Rifton XL Pacer. Saad has cerebral palsy, involving a complex history with both his knees requiring...
Stories Using the TRAM for Safe Transfers and Mobility in the School Setting March 13, 2018 by Terri Goebel, PT, Kellie Ray, ESE Teacher and Tara Wayland, OTR/L
Our team of therapists and educators works together to provide opportunities for functional mobility to our students throughout the school day.The challenges we face include a variety of health diagnoses, behavioral management issues, and cognitive and physical deficits. These situations require team problem solving for safe and efficient physical management of the student while maximizing participation in...
PT/OT Intervening Early for Better Mobility in CP March 06, 2018 by Elena Noble, MPT
I recently attended the annual American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting (APTA CSM) in New Orleans. Among the wealth of great programming, I chose a course looking at early intervention for children with cerebral palsy (CP), and I’d like to share a few points I took away. For therapy purposes, early intervention means providing services to a child before two years of age...
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