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.

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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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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