PT/OT Benefits of Early Mobility January 23, 2017 by Elena Noble, MPT
Early Gait Training: Positive Outcomes for the Long Term Think about it. The more you practice, the better you get – at anything. As author Malcolm Gladwell explains in his book “Outliers,” the one point that distinguishes a violinist from a virtuoso is practice- at least 10,000 hours of it. This applies to any field regardless of nature or nurture. So with early gait training, a child...
PT/OT Making Better Use of Arm Supports August 10, 2016 by Elena Noble, MPT
Adaptive gait devices come with a wide range of positioning accessories for supporting upright and ambulatory postures. Of these, arm supports are frequently used to provide basic upper extremity placement and positioning. But when understood and used correctly, arm supports can do so much more, particularly when it comes to positioning in gait. Here they can assist with weight-bearing, stepping, head...
PT/OT Giving the Gift of Mobility April 25, 2016 by Denise Swensen, PT, DPT
Typically developing children reach most motor milestones in a fairly predictable manner. By six months babies are rolling; by eight months they are creeping on all fours and sitting on their own and by ten-twelve months they are standing and getting ready to take their first steps. During this part of the first year of life, typically developing babies are exploring their environment, interacting with...
PT/OT Pacer Gait Trainer Positioning Checklist February 03, 2015 by Elena Noble, MPT
Therapists who use the Pacer gait trainer with more than one client know how important it is to replicate the same settings and positioning each time. But since each user requires different settings, it’s easy to forget from client to client and miss out an important adjustment or prompt. The staff at MOVE have devised a handy checklist to prevent this. We’ve taken their form and reorganized it...
PT/OT MOVE for Adults in Action in Bakersfield April 23, 2013 by Elena Noble, MPT
Bakersfield ARC (BARC) MOVE for Adults program is the perfect solution for supporting adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. On my first visit to Bakersfield, California, in 2008 to take the MOVE (Mobility Opportunity Via Education) Basic Provider’s course, I was introduced to BARC. The center had just become a MOVE certified adult model site for visitors to see firsthand how the...
PT/OT In the Interest of Early Mobility August 07, 2012 by Elena Noble, MPT
With the introduction of the Rifton TRAM and XL Pacer to the world of adults with disabilities, we have received a number of inquiries concerning the value of these products in the ICU and critical care settings. I don’t have all the answers, but here’s what I’ve found: Early ICU mobility is working its way into the research spotlight and being closely examined as a means to combat the...
PT/OT Beyond the walker November 08, 2011 by Lori Potts, PT
Minnesota Clinic gets Better Outcomes from Smarter Gait Training than from Traditional Quad Walkers Contributed by Nicole Grant, PT Courage Center, Golden Valley, MN As a physical therapist here at Courage Center in Golden Valley, Minnesota, I see many adult patients with significant motor deficits. For gait training, traditional four-wheeled walkers and rolling platform walkers provide stability, but not...
PT/OT MOVE: Hope for People with Significant Movement Disorders September 06, 2011 by Elena Noble, MPT
By Stacie B. Whinnery, Ed.D., Associate Professor, University of West Florida and Keith W. Whinnery, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of West Florida Introduction In the early 1980’s, Linda Bidabe, a special education teacher, was frustrated with the lack of progress in many of her students with severe multiple disabilities. Education, therapy theory, and practice at that time promoted...
PT/OT Pacer Gait Trainer Prompt Reduction May 31, 2011 by Elena Noble, MPT
A Call for Video Submissions All of us are trying to reduce something in our lives—whether it is our waistline, trash output, or stress level. But taking away support prompts on a Pacer gait trainer—that is true reduction and positive steps to increased ambulatory independence for people with disabilities. Prompts provide guidance and support where the body is not physically able. Through...
PT/OT Benefits of Early Mobility April 25, 2011 by Elena Noble, MPT
Early Gait Training: Positive Outcomes for the Long Term Think about it. The more you practice, the better you get – at anything. As author Malcolm Gladwell explains in his book “Outliers,” the one point that distinguishes a violinist from a virtuoso is practice- at least 10,000 hours of it. This applies to any field regardless of nature or nurture. So with early gait training, a child...
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