Specialist Children’s Physiotherapist
Laura has worked as a paediatric physiotherapist for 15 years after qualifying in 2002 with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree from The University of Teesside. It was always clear she would gravitate to paediatrics following working in special schools whilst at school. Junior rotations in various specialities provided a good base from which to specialise in paediatrics. Having two children of her own also gives her that parent perspective!
Whilst working in Leeds, Laura has amassed extensive experience working with children aged from 0-19 years in numerous settings, including mainstream, special schools, Child Development Centres, nurseries and at home. Laura has worked with children with a variety of conditions such as cerebral palsy, genetic syndromes and developmental delay, as well as acquired conditions such as head injury and Guillain-Barre Syndrome. She works closely as part of a Multi-Disciplinary Team, where good relationships with other professionals involved in supporting families ensures family goals are always at the forefront of any plans.
Laura looks at what the child can do, and how they do it to decide which therapy exercises and techniques would work best. She is very experienced at delivering specialist interventions such as hydrotherapy and rebound therapy, using different environments to help children and young people achieve their goals. Considering the child in the context of their world means that not only does Laura focus on developing the child’s skills and achieving new targets, but also looks at modifying the environment and task to enable the child to participate at their best.
Laura’s comprehensive knowledge of therapy equipment, such as walking aids, sleep systems and standing frames has been developed over years of experience, and she has good relationships with providers of quality equipment, where assessment in the child’s preferred setting can be arranged to ensure families make the best decisions about what is right for them.