Lori Potts, PT

Product and Training Specialist

LoriPottslistingI received my degree at SUNY Upstate Medical University and worked 10 years as a PT before joining Rifton in 2005. Initially, I spent time expanding Rifton’s website content to provide useful product information for professionals and clients. Then I began presenting product in-services and trainings for school-based therapists. That’s a favorite part of my work: the opportunity to meet the therapists who make a difference in the lives of the kids with disabilities.

Your input on Rifton’s products is a direct link to Rifton’s future product designs. I love going on field visits with prototypes. Nothing beats collaborating and sharing design ideas with other therapists who have valuable experience and to work with people who truly care.

And when I’m not out in the field or concentrating at my desk? Find me on a hike in the Catskill mountains of upstate New York, or visiting my nephews and nieces, or enjoying the next book club book (never enough time to read!).


PT/OT Positioning for Functional Seating May 13, 2020 by Lori Potts, PT
Active sitting promotes trunk and head control and can improve a child’s posture and functional use of the arms and head. Learn how to position and adjust an adaptive chair to encourage active sitting.
PT/OT Toileting Concepts for a Child with Special Needs May 01, 2020 by Lori Potts, PT
For many parents and teachers of children with special needs, toilet training can seem like an unattainable goal. Each child has unique health issues, physical disabilities, emotional/behavioral challenges, cognitive and learning disabilities as well as communication barriers. Nevertheless, an individualized, consistent toileting routine can have great positive impact on quality of life.
PT/OT Stabilizing the Pelvis with the Rifton Pelvic Harness February 18, 2020 by Lori Potts, PT
The Activity Chair pelvic harness is more effective than a seatbelt or abductor for securing the pelvis and enabling functional sitting.
Letters of Educational Necessity Tips for Writing a Letter of Educational Necessity
When you need to justify adaptive equipment acquisition in a school-based setting, by accessing funding sources administered by special education decision-makers, you may find the following resources useful...
How To’s Pacer Prompt Reduction Strategies: Examples A and B
Use only the components that the individual requires for walking posture and alignment. Every individual is unique, and therefore prompt reduction should be customized to the individual.
Tips & Advice Pacer Prompt Reduction July 16, 2019 by Lori Potts, PT
See also: Part 2: Prompt Reduction Strategies. Using the Rifton Pacer’s full range of adjustment possibilities will help you meet goals for mobility and activity. Individuals who cannot bear weight fully through their lower extremities, or need prompting for alignment need appropriately positioned prompts and supports. Motor skills acquisition and strength building are best achieved when an...
Evidence Based Practice Prospective cohort studies can inform pediatric physical therapy practice February 04, 2019 by Lori Potts, PT
The field of pediatric physical therapy has long recognized the difficulty of conducting high level research with the cerebral palsy population. Meeting the qualifications of a randomized controlled trial while implementing interventions with children with multiple physical disabilities – with all their varied daily realities – is extraordinarily difficult. In turn, the systematic review that...
PT/OT Encouraging Participation-Based Goals in the School Setting January 21, 2019 by Lori Potts, PT
Physical therapy goals in the school-based practice setting can focus on a variety of areas, including: participation (student’s involvement in a life situation), activity (student’s execution of a task or action) and impairment (i.e. at the level of body structure and function.) For a number of reasons we find that student goals that address participation within the context of school routines...
News The Meadowood Program: A MOVE™ Model Site November 12, 2018 by Lori Potts, PT
You’ve heard us talk about MOVE™ for years, and there’s no question we’re unabashed boosters for this wonderful program. We first ran into Linda Bidabe, MOVE’s founder, in 1988 when her program was in its infancy and we’ve loved it ever since. If you’re not convinced, or if you just want to understand it better, set aside 20 minutes today, pour a cup of coffee, and...
PT/OT It’s Called an Activity Chair for a Reason August 27, 2018 by Lori Potts, PT
Recently, Rifton hosted a 2-part webinar on adaptive seating. Part 1: Sitting for Participation: What Does the Research Say? This 30-minute webinar provides an overview of available research on adaptive seating as an intervention in pediatric practice. I summarize research evidence on adaptive seating outcomes including impact on postural control, the use of upper extremities while seated, and head...
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