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Rifton is dedicated to the idea that people with disabilities are entitled to the same opportunities as the rest of us.
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.
Teaching Weight Acceptance with the Rifton Activity Chair
January 07, 2020
by Elena Noble, MPT
Beyond the comforts of the sofa or the academics of a classroom, sitting is a learning position – for motor skill building. For those with disabilities that limit standing and walking opportunities, this means engaging in seated postures and activities that challenge core stability, endurance, trunk and head control. And the start of the learning process always begins with transferring out of a...
P-PAS, Adaptive Equipment and You
December 03, 2019
by Sue Cecere, PT, MHS
The Posture and Postural Ability Scale or P-PAS is a tool that can be used to assess posture, postural ability and the quality of posture in prone, supine, sitting and standing positions. Posture, in this context, refers to the anatomical alignment of body parts in relationship to each other and the environment.
SATCo, Adaptive Equipment and You
November 18, 2019
by Sue Cecere, PT, MHS
SATCo is a valuable tool to help clinicians determine just where a client needs trunk support in order to engage in a task or activity. The work of Butler et al. demonstrated the validity of the tool and its ability to detect trunk weakness and postural control challenges. This approach to assessing the trunk is a paradigm shift.
Over the past few years, we've had many requests for a simple chair for mildly involved students, for students with autism spectrum disorder, and we decided to redesign the Compass Chair.
Using the MOVE™ Program and Active Seating for Great Gains
February 18, 2019
by Deborah Corradi-Scalise, PT, DPT, MA
Justin attends the Children’s Learning Center in Roosevelt, New York, on Long Island. He is now 19 years old, and due to the implementation of the MOVE™ Program Justin has gained significant mobility skills in the past two years.
Prior to MOVE™, Justin typically sat in his classroom chair with both feet up on the chair with his head down between his legs. He was unmotivated to move out...