PT/OT Positioning Checklist for the Rifton Activity Chair May 31, 2016 by Lori Potts, PT
By popular request we now have created a positioning checklist for the Rifton Activity chair. Therapists know how tough it can be to remember each client’s specific support prompts and settings, especially with an adaptive chair that is used between multiple clients. This handy checklist will help. Feel free to share it with your colleagues. And, as always, give us your feedback. Download the Rifton...
PT/OT Dynamic Seating and Pelvic Positioning May 07, 2013 by Lori Deyo-Obler, PT, MS, C/NDT
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...
PT/OT Feeding Chairs for Children with Special Needs April 16, 2013 by Lori Potts, PT
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...
Stories Activity Chair Success, One Child at a Time August 28, 2012 by Lori Potts, PT
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...
PT/OT Dynamic Seating is Important May 08, 2012 by Delia "Dee Dee" Freney, OTR/L, ATP
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, as...
Stories Great New Video: Proper Positioning and What it Can Do for a Child March 22, 2012 by Elena Noble, MPT
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...
News Designing the Rifton Activity Chair March 13, 2012 by Sam Durgin
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...
PT/OT Feeding Equipment for Special Needs Children January 31, 2012 by Ann Walsh, MS/CF-SLP
Feeding children with oral-motor disability is often challenging, and positioning a child for this task is the key to success. The chair that we like to use for feeding in our clinic is the Rifton Activity Chair. Using the Rifton Hi-Lo Activity Chair is a useful tool in therapy with patients who have feeding and/or swallowing difficulties.  Most of my clientele have some type of neurological...
Tips & Advice Seating Problems Solved by the Rifton Activity Chair August 23, 2011 by Clare Stober
We always appreciate it when clinicians tell us about unique ways they’ve found to use our innovative medical equipment. Since introducing the Rifton Activity Chair in March 2010 we’ve had a steady stream of compliments and feedback from therapists telling why they like the chair. Here’s a short list sent to us by Judi Rogers OTR/L of Los Angeles Unified School District. Clinicians in...
PT/OT Adaptive Seating: The Right Choice July 22, 2011 by Lori Potts, PT
An ICF-based Approach Contributed by Petros Stamatiadis, PT Adaptive seating is essential for children with neurological or neuromuscular disorders such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and meningomyelocele . Because they are prone to developing scoliosis and other musculoskeletal deformities, children with severe motor disorders need special needs seating equipment to help with positioning and...
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