What Schools are Saying
Schools systems across the country are placing REST in classrooms, therapists' offices and sensory rooms for special needs children. The calming effect it has on students greatly improves their focus, attention span, motivation, productivity and overall ability to learn. REST also has a positive impact on the classroom as a whole.
The REST chair has been amazing for several of our students. One student was able to focus without rocking and head banging for the first time all year while on the chair – and in his lifetime according to past reports) He says he feels more focused and in control of his body.Kristine Van Ess, MS, OTRPlymouth (Wisconsin) School District
Dear REST by Gait,
As a Plymouth, Wisconsin, school occupational therapist, I am always looking for good sensory equipment and activities to meet the self-regulation and modulation needs of many students with special educational needs including ASD, OHI, EBD, SLD in the elementary and middle school that I service.
After our special education director brought the REST to my attention, and we secured significant free trial periods with two devices. The trials were followed by purchases since classroom teachers and several students refused to part with it!
I have witnessed 2nd and 3rd grade students with ADHD able to remain seated, focused and productive during work periods when they were off task and out of their seats in the past.
Direct feedback I received from a 5th grade teacher included, “The REST chair has been AMAZING for several of our students. One of our students was able to focus without rocking and head banging for the first time all year while on the chair – and in his lifetime according to past reports. He says he feels more focused and in control of his body. He is also able to move to a regular chair at times and stay focused and relaxed. You are a superhero!”
Thank you GAIT for a fantastic tool to add to our “toolbox” as we strive to meet the sensory challenges of our students.
Kristine Van Ess, MS, OTR Occupational Therapist
Plymouth School District
We have noticed a significant improvement in the performance of our students who have varying levels of both behavioral and academic needs. Students on the spectrum seem to self-regulate more efficiently.Susan Henderson and Elise SorensenMadison Primary Center
South Bend Community School System
We had the opportunity to place REST in our K-4 special education classroom for the past three weeks. During that time, we have noticed a significant improvement in the performance of our students who have varying levels of both behavioral and academic needs.
We have noticed that some students who are on the spectrum and who have sensory issues seem to self-regulate more efficiently. Self-regulation is extremely important, especially in the school setting, and having REST in our classroom provided us with another tool to help students become more self-aware and to activate their core muscles to experience more equilibrium.
Those with ADHD and other issues related to impulsivity appear to be able to reduce the impulsive behavior and focus on their academics.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to provide our students with another tool to enhance their education.
Susan Henderson and Elise Sorensen
Madison Primary Center, South Bend Community Schools
South Bend, Indiana
Across the board, our instructors have found that the use of the REST chair truly enhances student performance, attention span and even core development. We are deeply satisfied with its performance and positive impact on the lives of the students.Lisa NortonSchool Psychologist
Effingham Community Schools
To whom it may concern,
I serve as the school psychologist for Effingham Unit 40, located in Effingham, IL. In that role, I work directly with the special education professionals in our district, including OT and PT professionals.
We utilize REST in our Central School which serves grades 1-5. The chair is used to help a variety of students, in particular, we have used the technology on students with:
1. Developmental delays
4. Rett syndrome
5. Down syndrome
Across the board, our instructors have found that the use of the REST chair truly enhances
student performance, attention span and even core development. Our students, after initial
introduction, repeatedly requested to use the chair as a part of their work with our specialists. In
addition, the students requested the chair for normal class time. Our students typically used the chair for 15-30 minutes per day, as part of their special education activities. REST chair time occurred either before therapy sessions, or during the course of their sessions.
Across 3 months of using the REST technology, we are deeply satisfied with its performance and positive impact on the lives of the students.
Lisa Norton, School Psychologist
Effingham Community Schools
What Parents are Saying
My oldest son now 14 who has been diagnosed with high functioning Autism. Both he and his mother found the system incredibly useful. We’re extremely satisfied.Matthew ScharfAugusta Georgia
My name is Matthew Scharf. I am from Augusta Georgia.
I would like to take this opportunity to give a short testimonial about the REST system. My oldest son now 14 who has been diagnosed with high functioning Autism had the opportunity to use the REST system. He used the system for almost two years. My son as well as his mother and I found the system incredibly useful. He used the system while doing homework, as he felt it helped him concentrate on the task at hand. We found that he did not need anywhere near the redirection he used to require.
My son also utilized the REST system when he would feel anxious. He would tell us it really helped him relax. I would most definitely recommend the rest system for other parents, as I feel it is invaluable tool especially with kids who are on the spectrum.
Finally, you could not ask for a more helpful bunch as the people at rest are incredibly nice professional and helpful.
It helps him sit still and not be constantly fidgeting and moving his whole body around. He will just be very calm. Thank you so much.Nicole McCallisterRiley’s Pleased Mother
Hello Gait, I just wanted to share my experience with the REST chair.
The chair works really well for my son Riley to calm him down and focus like when he is working on lessons or crafts. He has also used it while he eats. It helps him sit still and not be constantly fidgeting and moving his whole body around. He will just be very calm. He is a pretty active boy and we are still working with him to sit on the chair by himself. But when I ask him if he needs it, he will say yes. Sometimes when we are reading our lessons, he will sit on the chair with his weighted blanket which keeps him quite calm.
Thank you so much for the support and what you have done for those of us in need of something to better their lives.
Thank You Again,
Riley’s Pleased Mother
What Practitioners are Saying
Physical and occupational therapists, speech pathologists, and rehabilitation facilities are increasingly incorporating REST into their protocols. Its function is flexible and can used to benefit patients with varying medical needs. REST makes all of the proven benefits of equine motion readily available to practitioners and, more importantly, their patients.
With the addition of REST to the therapy plan, both boys increased the time they remained seated and they both increased the time for sustained attention to the activity. All three clinicians felt REST was not physically difficult to move, set up or use. Additionally, parents responded positively to the addition of REST to the therapy session.Joanne Hunt, OTD, OTR/LChildren’s Specialized Hospital
Mountainside, New Jersey
The REST device was used with three children in their occupational therapy (0T) sessions, and added as a therapeutic toot to each child's existing plan of care. Two children (males ages 6 years 11 months and 4 years 6 months) were being seen for OT to address sensory processing deficits, modulation, self-regulation and attention. One child (female age 3 years) was seen for OT to address developmental delays secondary to neuromuscular deficits.
With the addition of REST to the therapy plan, over a 6- and 7-week period, both boys increased the time remaining seated while on the REST to participate in fine motor activity and they both increased the time for sustained attention to the activity, based on clinician observations. The movement of the REST was utilized to provide a gentle dynamic surface to promote weight shifting, muscle activation and postural control and also provide mild vestibular sensory input for balance, for the female with neuromuscular deficits. She tolerated handling and facilitation of movement and being in a variety of positions on REST (supported sitting, quadruped, tall kneel, standing). She was noted to not be distressed and smiling and laughing when working on the REST device.
All three clinicians felt REST was not physically difficult to move, set up or to use, and they did not identify any barriers for use of REST. Additionally, parents responded positively to the addition of REST to the therapy session.
The clinicians who participated in the trial of the REST Device:
Alison Haggan, MS, OTR/L - Clifton
Nichole Schomp, MS, OTR/L - Mountainside
Gaby McGarry, MS, OTR/L - Mountainside
Information compiled by: Joanne Hunt, OTD, OTR/L
I would recommend the REST machine to any organization that has children or adults with an intellectual or developmental disability.Michael PierceExecutive Director
Lawrence Crawford Association for Exceptional Citizens
To whom it may concern, I just wanted to let everyone know how well the REST machine is doing for our facilities. The intent when we purchased the REST machine was to see if it was going to have a calming effect on our individuals. It has and continues to work as a great tool to assist in behaviors. I would recommend the REST machine to any organization that has children or adults with an intellectual or developmental disability.
It is amazing how only in a few short minutes the REST machine with its gentle movements has a calming and settling effect. Leveling out a potential behavior back to a state of coping with surroundings with issues no longer being issues. If your organization faces these issues on a regular basis this machine is an answer that we all in this profession look for. Harriet was extremely cordial and upfront about all the benefits of the REST machine. We are sold on it and I am happy that we purchased our REST machine from GAIT, LLC.
Executive Director Lawrence Crawford Association for Exceptional Citizens
I believe REST would be an extremely valuable new tool in any physical therapist’s tool box.Kathleen M Murphy PT, DPT Children’s Specialized Hospital
REST (Responsive Equine Simulator Therapy)
I have utilized REST for approximately 6 months as a tool in my clinical tool box, utilizing it as one of the interventions for my work with the type of patients listed below.
It is beneficial as an alternative tool to assist in working on postural control and stability utilizing the dynamic motor learning theory. I use it often in place of a physiotherapy ball, as REST can provide perturbations at varying speeds.
The patients begin in sitting feet supported/unsupported depending on their size and/ or Level of ability. I usually add a dual task once they acclimate to the perturbations and try to fade support and/or tactile cues for stability. As they progress I have moved patients from sitting into tall kneel as well as lateral tall kneel. If feasible, I progress them to half kneel. As an added constraint, I place a dense foam on the surface, as it adds another component to facilitate change. A few smaller children have even progressed to standing. I can further challenge patients with the addition of a dual task—tossing or catching balls/pushing a beach ball away with a pole and various other tasks. This adds to the patient’s ability to automatically respond to the perturbation.
I cannot measure the changes, as it is one clinical tool of many. I can state this to be a very valuable new tool that is easy to use and patients respond well to it.
I believe REST would be an extremely valuable new tool in any physical therapist’s tool box. Patient populations I have used REST for: acquired and traumatic brain injury (MVA, AVM, brain tumor), cerebral palsy, mitochondrial disease.
Kathleen M Murphy PT, DPT
Children’s Specialized Hospital
American-made says it all
The REST chair is made in the USA. It's manufactured to exacting standards that enable it to mimic, as closely as possible, the exact movements of a slow walking horse. A simple idea, but the accomplishment was no small endeavor. To recreate a horse's motion, video analysis played a vital role. Riders on horseback were filmed from all angles, followed by frame-by-frame analysis of the horse's gait.
Once the optimal range and magnitude of each step was determined, an electromechanical drive (gearbox) was designed that rocks the user forward and backward, and from side to side, which gives four quadrants of motion - each quadrant replicating a horse's leg as it bears or releases weight. The result is a one-of-kind therapeutic tool that brings the benefits of equine motion indoors to homes, therapy practices, rehabilitation centers and schools.