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...
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...
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...
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...
PT/OT Autism Chair by Rifton: Providing Movement Sensory Input through Adaptive Seating June 14, 2011 by Lori Potts, PT
Children with an autism spectrum disorder find it difficult to focus. And when a child’s autism manifests in combination with profound intellectual disability or with a developmental syndrome with physical limitations the difficulties with social interaction and attention to task are compounded. For the special education teacher, having children with autism in the classroom is challenging. The...
PT/OT Symmetrical Posturing and Adaptive Seating for Task Participation April 14, 2011 by Lori Potts, PT
Adaptive seating is a big part of pediatric and school-based therapy. Active sitting chairs, through providing unique features and prompts, support postures that enable. With this in mind, the following post series will be dedicated to exploring the concepts and benefits of adaptive seating. The first post – Active Sitting for Task Participation: The Role of Adaptive Chairs – is introductory...
PT/OT Pediatric Adaptive Seating Benefits: Doing Away with Passive Seating April 07, 2011 by Lori Potts, PT
Adaptive seating is a big part of pediatric and school-based therapy. Active sitting chairs, through providing unique features and prompts, support postures that enable. With this in mind, the following post series will be dedicated to exploring the concepts and benefits of adaptive seating. The first post – Active Sitting for Task Participation: The Role of Adaptive Chairs – is introductory...
PT/OT Active Sitting for Task Participation: The Role of Adaptive Chairs March 31, 2011 by Lori Potts, PT
Adaptive seating is a big part of pediatric and school-based therapy. Active sitting chairs, through providing unique features and prompts, support postures that enable. With this in mind, the following post series will be dedicated to exploring the concepts and benefits of adaptive seating. This first post – Active Sitting for Task Participation: The Role of Adaptive Chairs – is introductory...