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Applications for ActiveReach™ & ActiveHeight™

ActiveHeight™ and ActiveReach™ is the dynamic combination of power seat elevation and anterior tilt function now available to power wheelchair users who rely on power seat functions to improve their health, function, and participation in everyday life. The combination of ActiveHeight™ and ActiveReach™ allows the wheelchair user to perform tasks in a more ergonomically correct…

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Is your client’s skin protected outside of the wheelchair? Examining short-term seating surfaces and when to use them

In the world of seating and mobility, pressure injuries are a big deal. It is our job as clinicians and therapists to prevent peak pressure through the use of seating and positioning products, to minimize risk of pressure injuries. In today’s blog we’re taking a look at the mechanics of pressure injuries and will identify…

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SmartDrive MX2+ App Update: Improved PushTracker E2 Performance

As an occupational therapist who worked in seating clinics throughout my career, I always appreciated technologies that were innovative and improved by user feedback. Now, as the Director of Market Development for TiLite and SmartDrive, I get to help answer the challenge of integrating user feedback into product development and product updates. The PushTracker E2…

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To Switch or Not to Switch: Should You Switch from Switch Control?

Part 1 in our 3-part series about iOS 13 and the amazing new accessibility function. Mouse Emulation on an iPad? Moving a cursor on a screen on an iPhone? Did I just read that correctly? Yes, you did! When Apple released iOS 13 last Fall, in addition to new Memojis, an amazing new accessibility function…

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Common Concerns About Early Power Mobility Devices

The final part in our series about developmental milestones in early childhood focusing on mobility. See part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9, part 10 and part 11. Perhaps one of the mostly widely known authors on this topic are Wiart and Darrah from an article published in 2002 entitled “Changing philosophical perspectives…

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Functional Elements of the Explorer Mini’s Saddle Seat

Part 11 in our series about developmental milestones in early childhood focusing on mobility. See part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9 and part 10. The saddle seat was designed intentionally to facilitate an upright posture through developmentally appropriate supports. Research regarding the use of either flat seats or saddle-like seating has been…

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Conventions of Functional Seating in the Explorer Mini

Part 10 in our series about developmental milestones in early childhood focusing on mobility. See part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8 and part 9. We can find all sorts of ways to sit, usually not always the most optimal but we change our positions based on the task we are performing. Reading a…

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The Importance of the Explorer Mini’s Midline Joystick for Development

Part 9 in our series about developmental milestones in early childhood focusing on mobility. See part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, and part 8. Upper extremity function, such as reaching, grasping, and manipulating objects requires dynamic stability of the shoulder girdle on a stable trunk. The Explorer Mini tray provides this support to…

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Could your child benefit from the Explorer Mini? Part 2

Part 8 in our series about developmental milestones in early childhood focusing on mobility. See part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, and part 7. The Explorer Mini is designed for children with mobility impairments as defined by Hays (1) who has defined the most widely used classification of infant and children’s mastery of functional…

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