Rifton Activity Chair


  • Tool free adjustments while client is in the Rifton Activity Chair
  • Accessories create an adaptive chair for every challenge from autism to cerebral palsy
  • Two chair base options – Hi/lo base for transfers and positioning; Standard base for regular classroom use

Therapists everywhere say the Rifton Activity Chair is perfect for feeding, speech therapy, active learning, and for clients with sensory processing challenges. Not only that; parents see what it can do for their child in the classroom and realize how much they need it at home, too.

Rifton’s clinical positioning chair has revolutionized active seating. Versatile, adaptable, durable – this is a chair therapists designed.

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Tool-free adjustments

With all adjustments easy to make – and no tools required – the Rifton Activity chair is an ideal choice for the busy special needs classroom or at home. The lateral supports are fully adjustable in height, width and angle.

Adjust with client in the chair

Unlike a reclining wheelchair, the Rifton Activity chair can be easily adjusted while a client is in the chair. This saves time and makes adjustments much simpler to gauge.


All Rifton Activity Chairs have tilt-in-space, which encourages sit-to-stand and resting positions. Tilt-in-space can be activated tool-free while your client is in the chair.  The standard base tilts 15° forward and 15° back while the hi/lo base tilts 15° forward and 25° back. In addition to tilt-in-space, every Rifton Activity Chair’s backrest angle adjusts 5° forward and 20° back.

Spring option

The optional seat and backrest springs on the standard base (and the backrest spring in the hi/lo base) allow for calming through self-generated motion – ideal for clients with autism.

Arm support options

Armrests provide lateral boundaries as well as upper extremity weight-bearing assist to aid trunk control. Armrests can be raised or lowered individually and can be set at angles ranging from horizontal to 60° up or down.

Armrest top surface:
small: 2¼” x 8¾” large: 3″ x 12″

Hi/lo base foot pump

The foot pump allows you to lower the client in the chair until his or her feet are on the floor, or raise it to a 32″ high table.

Caster swivel lock

When the caster swivel lock is engaged, the Activity chair can be pushed in a straight line without drifting to the side.

Choice of 6 pad colors

Rifton’s backrest and seat pads are made of polyurethane foam covered with a cleanable, healthcare-grade polyurethane-coated fabric. Pads are available in six color choices.

Standard base leg options

Long or short height-adjustable legs, either stationary or with casters for the Standard base: Adjustable in 1″ increments, these legs allow you to position your client at optimum height. The grippy tips of the stationary legs are designed to keep your client from sliding and moving across the floor, even with dynamic rocking. The legs with casters are an added feature, making your standard base chair easy to move when transitioning from one classroom to another.

R878 Rifton activity chair push handle

Push handles – make it easy for the caregiver to maneuver and transport a client.

R897 Rifton activity chair headrest contoured

Headrests – optimally position clients with poor head control.

R828 Rifton activity chair lateral

Lateral supports – help position your client correctly and securely.

R802 Rifton activity chair chest strap

Chest strap – provides added trunk support.

R667 Rifton activity chair tray

Tray & handhold – provides a work, play and feeding surface with raised edges.









R834 Rifton activity chair butterfly

Butterfly harnesses – provides maximum anterior support .

rifton activity chair thighbelt

Thigh belt – support for thighs while adducting their knees.

rifton activity chair pelvic harness

Pelvic harness – alternative to a seatbelt.

R814 Rifton activity chair hip guide

Hip guides – provide support of trunk control while sitting.

R884 Rifton activity chair abductor

Abductor – helps to separates knees.









R892 Rifton activity chair adductor

Adductors – provide a comfortable lateral boundary for client’s knees.

R854 Rifton activity chair leg prompt

Leg prompts – support each leg individually with a strap that passes around the front.

rifton activity chair footboard

Footboard – for placement of feet and some weight-bearing through legs and feet.

rifton activity chair anklestraps

Ankle straps – secure the feet of clients with limited muscle control.

rifton activity chair sandals only

Sandals – for clients who are unable to control leg movement.










rifton activity chair wedges

Wedges – for clients with specific ankle positioning needs or uneven leg lengths.

rifton activity chair lumbar kit only

Lumbar and seat support kit
 – extra postural support and  joint and spine alignment.

rifton activity chair filler pad

Backrest filler pad – can be used to provide additional lower back support.

R812 Rifton activity chair mini kit

Mini kit – makes the small Activity Chair an option for the child from 6 months – 2 years.

R804 Rifton activity chair adapt plate

Whitmyer adapter
gives you the option to use a Whitmyer M2100 headrest mounting bracket and the Whitmyer Onyx headrest support system.

Activity chair product manual

Order forms for therapists


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Video 1 | Introduction to the Activity Chair

Video 5 | Activity Chair Footrest

 Video 9 | Trunk, Arm & Head Positioning (a)

Video 2 | Seat Angle Adjustments

Video 6 | Backrest Height & Seat Depth Adjustments

Video 10 | Trunk, Arm & Head Positioning (b)

Video 3 | Seat Height Adjustments

Video 7 | Pelvic Positioning (a)

Video 11 | Leg & Feet Positioning

Video 4 | Activity Chair Spring Option

Video 8 | Pelvic Positioning (b)