Blogs by Laura Finney

Laura has an extensive educational background. She has a BEng from Queens University and a Masters and PhD in Clinical Bioengineering from Strathclyde University. Laura is also a HCPC registered Clinical Scientist. Having initially specialised in wheelchairs and supportive seating in the NHS, Laura now enjoys the dual world of product development and paediatric therapy.

Laura’s passion is in applying a biomechanical approach to the problem-solving of human – product interfaces with the ultimate goal of encouraging movement and restoring natural function.

Navigating Language in Disability: What's In A Name?

In an ever-evolving society, language plays a pivotal role in shaping our perceptions and attitudes. When it comes to discussing disabilities, the words we choose can have a profound impact, positive or negative, on people and their communities.

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Therapy in Practice – The (Lack Of) Provision Of Sleep Systems For Children

Wherever it is in the country that you practice, it is likely that the funding of sleep systems is very erratic. But why should this be?

Along with Seating, Standing and Walking, Supine postural supports (sleep systems) are a key component of a child’s 24-hour postural management programme but unfortunately, they are given much less recognition, research or reimbursement than the others.

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10 years on from the F-words: Thoughts on the latest research in this field

A recent paper from CanChild has reignited a discussion among the Leckey clinical team – one which I’m sure is familiar to many therapists – how to apply the ICF-CY in everyday practice? The paper, ‘Parenting a Child with a Neurodevelopmental Disorder’ (Rosenbaum and Novak-Palik, 2021) explores the transformative effect that the ICF-CY framework and the F-words have had on childhood disability.  It looks beyond the diagnosis and ‘fixing’ the child through intervention, to understanding the importance of parent perspectives and the role of the family unit as essential elements in paediatric development.

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Why squatting works best when you need to go

The squat posture can stretch tight muscles, reduce straining, and assist natural physiological function. The resulting toilet training success will have a positive impact on activity, participation, and quality of life for both the child and the family.  Now there is a child-sized product to support this functional posture the only question that remains is when are us adults going to catch up?

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SATCo – (at last) an assessment which guides therapeutic practice

As clinicians, we know how essential trunk control is for function. From stabilising the head to enable a child to catch someone’s attention to providing the strong base for distal function in the arms and hands, trunk control is the foundation of many activities of daily living. But what is the best way to assess for it and what use is an assessment in guiding our practice anyway?

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How do you solve a problem like… Tummy Time?

There are no words which generate greater guilt in new parents than when a health professional asks, ‘Have you been doing Tummy Time?!’  Despite knowing the benefits because infants protest so loudly parents often do just enough (speaking from experience here), to reduce their guilt until this awkward stage can be forgotten.

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