Standard/Hi Lo Activity Chair

The ultimate positioning chair for classroom and home.

The Rifton Activity Chair provides versatile, adaptable and active seating.

  • Therapist-guided design of every feature

  • Tool free adjustments, while child is in chair

  • Wide range of optional accessories create a classroom chair ideal for all special needs—from the autistic student to the more involved child.

  • Active seating makes interactions immediate and real

Two chair base options:

  • Hi/Lo base for instant access to any activity

  • Standard base for straightforward classroom use—with or without casters.


ISO Standards Approved

102kgMaximum user weight

Frame Width Small 25, Med 27.5, Lge 29.75"
Specifications Chart
Specifications Chart
Specifications Chart

Push handles

Push handles provide an easy and ergonomic way for caregiver to maneuver chair and transport user.

Flat or contoured headrest

A headrest can be purchased with either a flat or contoured headpiece, and adjusts both horizontally and vertically for optimum positioning.

Lateral supports

Lateral supports provide comfortable side–to–side support for user, and are fully adjustable in height, width, and angle to assist in trunk positioning. Lateral supports can be purchased with or without chest strap attached.

Lateral supports with chest strap

Lateral supports with chest strap combine lateral and anterior support in the same accessory.

Chest strap (wide)

The wide chest strap can provide anterior support.

Note: This wide chest strap may be used with the lateral supports, but will not be in line with them. To combine chest strap and lateral supports on the same accessory, see "Lateral supports with chest strap."


The tray provides a firm surface for seated activities such as eating and art, and adjusts in height, angle and depth. A softly-rounded rim contains spills.

Note: The tray attaches to the wooden armrests only, not to forearm prompts.


A handhold can be attached anywhere along the rim of the tray to provide additional support and security for upper–body positioning.

Butterfly harness

A butterfly harness can provide anterior support while allowing maximum freedom of movement.

Slimcut harness

The slimcut harness is similar to the butterfly harness, but was specifically designed to provide anterior support to adult female clients using the Large Rifton Activity Chair.

Thigh belt

A thigh belt can provide additional support and security for user’s thighs, and helps adduct user’s knees.

Pelvic harness

The pelvic harness may be used in place of a seatbelt as the primary means of securing the user in the chair. This alternative to the more typical seatbelt gives a very stable base for developing sitting postural control. The pelvic harness firmly positions the user’s pelvis by securing the hips and upper thighs, without placing pressure on the abdomen.

Hip guides (pair)

Hip guides provide additional lateral support to the user’s hips, and can be independently adjusted for best fit. Hip guides are clipped to the arm supports and can therefore be easily removed along with the arm supports for transfers. Hip guides can be used with both types of arm supports— armrests and forearm prompts.


The abductor can be used to aid in positioning of user’s knees, keeping them comfortably apart.

Adductors (pair)

Adductors can be used to limit lateral movement of user’s knees and provide a comfortable lateral boundary.

Leg prompt

The leg prompt can be used instead of an abductor, and provides both abduction and adduction positioning.


The footboard provides firm support for the user’s feet, particularly when the seat of the chair is raised too far for the user’s feet to touch the floor. The footboard also serves as a base for ankle straps, sandals and wedges. It can support the weight of both user and caregiver during transfers, and/or can be swung beneath the seat for transfers.

Ankle straps (pair)

Ankle straps can be used on the footboard to secure the user’s feet while providing a bounded range of movement.

Note: Ankle straps cannot be used simultaneously with sandals.

Sandals (pair)

Sandals can be used with the footboard to provide positive positioning of the user’s feet. Adding wedges beneath the sandals allows for a custom fit of sandal height and tilt.

Note: Sandals cannot be used simultaneously with ankle straps.

Wedges (pair)

Wedges can be added beneath the sandals on the footboard to customize positioning of user’s feet by adjusting sandal height and tilt.

Wedges (pair)

Wedges can be added beneath the sandals on the footboard to customize positioning of user’s feet by adjusting sandal height and tilt.

Lumbar and seat support kit

For the child that needs additional positioning, the lumbar and seat support kit can be used to custom-cut and fit extra postural support.

Backrest filler pad

The backrest filler pad can provide additional lower back support when the chair backrest is set in one of the three highest positions, resulting in an open space between the backrest and the seat. The backrest filler pad fills this gap.

Standard base leg options

Height-adjustable legs either stationary or with casters for the Standard base: Four sets of height-adjustable legs (in 1" increments) are available to position your client at optimum height for a variety of activities. 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.

Mini kit

Mini kit: Makes the Small Activity Chair a prime option for Early Intervention for the smallest and youngest child, from 6 months up to 2 years. Remove it as the child grows and keep using the same chair for many more years.

Whitmeyer adapter plate:

Some Whitmyer headrests can now be installed on all Rifton Activity Chairs. This adapter plate gives you the option to use a Whitmyer M2100 headrest mounting bracket and the Whitmyer Onyx headrest support system. (Note: Rifton supplies only the adapter plate and a wrench. Whitmyer mounting brackets and headrests must be purchased from a Whitmyer supplier.)

The Rifton Activity Chair is the most easily adjusted, versatile and therapist-friendly special needs classroom chair on the market.

Following two years of therapist-guided design, Rifton’s new special needs chair nails down every feature required for daily school use.


No-tool adjustments

The Rifton Activity Chair makes adjustments simple. No tools are needed for any adjustment, making it an ideal choice for the busy special needs classroom.

Adjust with child in chair

The Rifton Activity Chair can be easily adjusted while a child is in the chair. This saves time and makes adjustments much simpler to gauge.


The Rifton Activity Chair tilt–in–space feature encourages sit–to–stand and rest positions. The Hi/Lo base tilts 15° forward and 25° back. The Standard base tilts 15° forward and 15° back.

Spring option

The optional springs on the Rifton Activity Chair allow for calming through self-stim. The spring column can be locked when not in use. The Hi/Lo base has an optional spring in the backrest, while the Standard base has optional springs in both backrest and seat, making it an ideal choice for children with autism.

Arm support options

Choose between wooden armrests or forearm prompts based on the needs of your client. Wooden armrests can be height- and angle-adjusted. Forearm prompts are extremely versatile in adjustment to facilitate trunk and head control while sitting, and are identical to the arm prompts used on Rifton’s Pacer and Advancement Chair.

Hi/Lo base foot pump

The large and medium Hi/Lo bases come with a foot pump for height adjustment. This allows you to lower the client until their feet are on the floor, or raise them to a 32" high table. The chair's height can also be easily set for lateral transfers.

The small Hi/Lo base is equipped with a gas spring to serve the same function.

Choice of 3 pad colors

The Rifton Activity Chair seat and backrest pads are made of polyurethane foam, with a polyurethane–coated fabric cover. The pads come in three choices to add color to your special needs classroom.


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ISO Standards Approval

Australian Standards have been developed to ensure equipment meets recognised safety and reliability criteria. To achieve this status, equipment must pass a series of tests in which it is put under difficult conditions that are designed to be similar to those that the child or adult may face when the equipment is used. For example, wheelchairs are tested for safhas gained Australian Standard acceptance, it provides a sense of satisfaction and reassurance that it is safe to be used and will do the job.

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