The Sugar Rush Bakery
Action-packed days are the norm in the Meadowood Program,- a branch of the Red Clay School District that provides Special Education services. Our goal is to use every opportunity to teach by embedding IEP skills into daily activities. Our student-focused approach supported by our team of therapists, classroom teachers and paraprofessionals follows the Mobility Opportunities Via Education (MOVE)...
Evidence Based Practice
Evidence Update: Improving Services for Youth with Disabilities
For a child with disabilities, few transitions are as fraught as the passage from youth to adult, usually around age 21. While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) makes some provision for transitional services for youth as they prepare to move out of the school system for “further education, employment or independent living,” these services are often poorly defined and...
Activity-Based Curriculum in Action
Students at Woodland Developmental Center are on the move all day. The hallways are busy, the classrooms noisy and full of activity as the children practice important life skills that have been incorporated into their curriculum. And that’s what’s different about Woodland. Where students with disabilities in other schools may be seen two or three times a week in the therapy department, Woodland...
Beyond the Medical Model
Therapy services are provided in hospitals, clinics, homes and schools. But in the educational setting, therapy intervention is unique because it is controlled by the landmark education legislation called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and by the child’s Individualized Educational Program (IEP). In this setting, school-based therapy intervention focuses on the child and how...
Optimal Positioning with Adaptive Seating for the Child with Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy is a result of abnormalities in the parts of the brain that control muscle movements. For children with cerebral palsy, their muscle control, coordination, and posture will be affected to varying degrees by this faulty development or damage to areas of their brain. Cerebral Palsy affects approximately three out of every 1,000 children, and symptoms can range from mild to severe physical...
Father of the IEP
Last month a pioneer died. James Gallagher was the man who introduced the idea of an individualized education plan (IEP) and a tireless advocate of the idea that every child deserves a free and appropriate public education, regardless of physical or intellectual abilities. He was the person most responsible for the passage of the 1975 landmark legislation now known as the Individuals with Disabilities...
SMART Goal Writing Using Adapted Equipment to Enhance Participation in Activities
Goal writing is central for measuring outcomes, documenting the mobility performance of a child, and securing insurance funding and reimbursement. Good goal writing supports physical therapists’ practice by objectively quantifying functional performance and achievement. With the inception of the ICF model1, therapists can focus their interventions on activities and participation in functional...
The Importance of Measuring Partial Weight Bearing
A Conversation with Sue Cecere, PT, MIT
Rifton is pleased to have Sue Cecere, PT, MIT join us for this conversation. This topic was initiated after Sue and a fellow therapist toured our Rifton factory; they were introduced to our newest product – the Rifton TRAM. One of the features on this transfer and mobility device is a scale. In addition to simple weight measurements, this scale can also measure...
Toby Long on Activity Focused Early Intervention Part II
How does a therapist incorporate activity-based intervention into their practice?
Toby: Actually, the therapist needs to think of it in the opposite way: How can they incorporate their practice into this approach?
This requires creativity. We want to promote trunk and postural control. Where does the child need it? Where does the family want the child to demonstrate this? How can I provide ideas or...
Toby Long on Activity Focused Early Intervention Part III
Is there a role for assistive technology in activity-based intervention for children?
Toby: Absolutely. I think assistive technology is playing a much bigger part in much younger children’s lives. Traditionally, assistive technology equipment has been introduced to children when team members have determined that the child is not going to learn certain things. "Now that the child is 8 or 9, and is...