Letters of Educational Necessity Pacer Gait Trainer Letter of Educational Necessity
View a sample letter of educational necessity for the Rifton Pacer Gait Trainer. It is not intended to provide definitive guidance for the IEP or 504 Plan in any specific student situation. School-based therapists will follow school district requirements and make the ultimate determination as to the appropriateness of a product to enable the student with physical disabilities to access the educational curriculum, benefit from specialized instruction, and participate in school activities. Download PDF (826.3 KB)
Videos MPS Posterior Adjustment
Watch this video to learn how to quickly and easily reverse the Multi Positioning Saddle (MPS) of the Rifton Pacer when using it as a posterior walker.
How To's Guidelines for Functional Use of the Pacer Gait Trainer Part II
The Pacer gait trainer is a walking device used in pediatric and adult rehabilitation settings to support individuals with disabilities for upright posture and ambulatory activities. Each Pacer component (or prompt) adjusts to accommodate various positioning needs, and is easily removed when it is no longer required.
Tips & Advice Guidelines for Functional Use of the Pacer Gait Trainer Part I October 07, 2019 by Elena Noble, MPT
The Pacer gait trainer is a walking device used across pediatric settings and adult rehabilitation settings to support individuals with disabilities in upright postures and ambulatory activities. With the appropriate supports in the gait trainer, independent mobility becomes a possibility. Each Pacer accessory (or prompt) adjusts to accommodate any positioning need or is otherwise easily removed to...
How To's Pacer Prompt Reduction Strategies: Examples A and B
Use only the components that the individual requires for walking posture and alignment. Every individual is unique, and therefore prompt reduction should be customized to the individual.
Tips & Advice Pacer Prompt Reduction July 16, 2019 by Lori Potts, PT
See also: Part 2: Prompt Reduction Strategies. Using the Rifton Pacer’s full range of adjustment possibilities will help you meet goals for mobility and activity. Individuals who cannot bear weight fully through their lower extremities, or need prompting for alignment need appropriately positioned prompts and supports. Motor skills acquisition and strength building are best achieved when an...
Videos Functions of the Pacer Caster
  Brake: Fully locks the Pacer wheel. Drag: Creates resistance on the wheel. Swivel Lock: Positions and maintains the wheel in a straight line (no lateral movement). Direction Lock: Positions wheel to move in one direction only (blocks involuntary backward movement). Odometer: Record client progress in feet or meters (selected at the time of purchase).
Evidence Based Practice Teens with Cerebral Palsy Benefit from Treadmill Gait Training – A Case Story March 18, 2019 by Connie Johnson, PT, DScPT
As a pediatric physical therapist working in public schools, I want my students to move, and to move in the same way their peers do. When Rifton came out with the treadmill gait trainer, I was eager to explore increasing exercise intensity for my teenagers with mobility impairments. I was fortunate enough to get funding for one in my school. I went to the literature to look for protocols using gait treadmills for youth with disabilities and did not find much.
Videos Pacer Treadmill Base Demo
Lori Potts, PT demonstrates how the Pacer can be used over a treadmill with the innovative treadmill base. Video Transcript   This is Rifton’s treadmill base and would be used over a treadmill that is set up in a clinic or home. The idea here is that we first establish the optimal settings for a particular child and then approach the treadmill walking. When the child is about ready to step up...
Webinars Progressive Gait Training
This forty-five minute webinar gives an overview of current research on motor learning, discussing motor skill acquisition through practice, feedback, and prompt reduction.
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