Videos Positioning for Active Sitting
Lori Potts, PT discusses positioning concepts for active sitting and demonstrates them using the Rifton Activity Chair.
PT/OT 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.
Videos Footboard Positioning Adjustments: Rifton Activity Chair Video 5
The new footboard for Rifton’s Activity Chair has a wider adjustment range, easier adjustments, and can flip up or lock down for client transfer.
PT/OT Stabilizing the Pelvis with the Rifton Pelvic Harness February 18, 2020 by Lori Potts, PT
The Activity Chair pelvic harness is more effective than a seatbelt or abductor for securing the pelvis and enabling functional sitting.
Letters of Educational Necessity Activity Chair Letter of Educational Necessity
View a sample letter of educational necessity for the Rifton Activity Chair. 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 (512.1 KB)
PT/OT 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...
Webinars Functional sitting with the Activity Chair
This 30 minute webinar provides a demonstration of adaptive seating explaining features and accessories designed for therapeutic and functional use.
Webinars Sitting for Participation
A summary of research evidence on adaptive seating for postural control, head control and use of upper extremities. This is followed by a discussion of outcomes relating to participation and to body function and structure.
Evidence Based Practice Evidence Update: Dynamic Seating for Children with Autism May 30, 2017 by Elena Noble, MPT
Teachers and therapists working in inclusive classrooms continue to work to improve academic outcomes for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  One fascinating area of inquiry is seating modification to improve in-seat performance, as students may need to sit for five hours during a normal school day. In one recent article on the topic, researchers examined how dynamic seating options...
Evidence Based Practice Evidence Update: The Relationship of Trunk Support to Head Stability May 09, 2017 by Lori Potts, PT
Trunk and head control is a challenge for many children with cerebral palsy (CP). This fascinating recent study examines how providing varying levels of biomechanical trunk support affects neural control of head stability, specifically for children with CP in Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) Levels IV or V. By definition, GMFCS Level IV indicates children whose walking ability is severely...
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