ISS 2017 Program


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IC14: Understanding Paediatric Mobility Needs from Parental Perspective

The course will explore the results to an online questionnaire, responded to by over 650+ parents/carers regarding the seating and mobility needs of their child. The course will focus on the difficult transition from buggy to wheelchair, how the process could be improved and the impact this pervasive piece of equipment has on family life.
This session is supported by a company with reported interest in the sale of Assistive Technology products. The content has been reviewed by ISS personnel and determined to be appropriate for continuing education purposes.


Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to;



Sheila McNeill, BSc Hons, MSCP
James Leckey Design
United Kingdom

Sheila McNeill has many years of experience working as a paediatric physiotherapist. Her positions have included work within a variety of special schools, community settings and Gait Analysis. Alongside her clinical work she is working as a clinical advisor for Leckey, a Northern Irish company which designs and manufactures a variety of positioning equipment for children with special needs.

Laura Finney, PhD, MSc, BEng, CEng
James Leckey Design
Lisburn, Antrim
United Kingdom

Laura Finney spent 10 years in Scotland, first studying Bioengineering at Strathclyde University before specialising in wheelchairs and special seating for the NHS. She returned 'home' to N.Ireland in 2007 joining Leckey to support their product development programme. Laura currently heads up R&D for Leckey ensuring user needs are the primary focus of new products. When not in front of her laptop she can be found pottering round the garden with her 3 young children.



    1. Antoniuk, E., Livingstone, R. & Ott, B. (2012). Mobility Prescription: From Infancy through Adolescence and Beyond. Proceedings of the 28th International Seating Symposium, Vancouver, Canada.
    2. Shahid, M. (2004). Buggy-to-wheelchair progression for children with cerebral palsy: Parents' and therapists' opinions. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation Int J Therapy Rehab, 11(12), 560-566.
    3. Kiger, A. (2015). Grow, play, learn, explore! - Introduction to pediatric seating and mobility. Proceedings of the 31st International Seating Symposium, Nashville, TN.

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