Hi, I am Katie and I am a design graduate from Loughborough University and I am working with physiotherapists and children to develop a product that helps with physio practice at home for children with additional needs.
Growing-up, I always knew that I wanted to work in a field that would have a major impact on people’s lives. I loved getting involved with charity events to help others, as well as volunteering at children’s centres or care homes.
When my baby cousin was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, I was starting my final year at Loughborough University studying Industrial Design and Technology.
Many children with disabilities will experience developmental delays so physiotherapy is an essential part of their day-to-day routine to teach them core physical skills such as coordination, range of motion and balance.
I spent more time with my cousin and I immediately noticed the challenges both he and my family faced, particularly when it came to practising physiotherapy at home. The main challenges included finding products to help with physiotherapy, keeping the child engaged during practice and a lack of guidance for the child’s parents.
As I spoke to more families with a disabled child, I realised that these challenges were very common, so I immediately knew that I had to design something to support these children and their families.
User testing with a young child and physiotherapist
Since graduating from university, I have started Moti Me where I am developing a fun product to help children practice physiotherapy at home with their family. The product is engaging and adaptable as it can be utilised in multiple ways to suit the child’s ability.
It addresses many of the challenges generally faced for example the product guides the child’s parents through the physiotherapy routine thus including them in their child’s development.
The best thing about the product I am developing, is that it has been designed with the help of many physiotherapists, occupational therapists and parents who have a child with additional needs. The product is ergonomically designed to help children who may have reduced dexterity or more limited movement, as well as the focus being physiotherapy exercises.
Please see more information via our website here.
Practicing physiotherapy techniques with a young child
I am conducting research to gain a greater insight into the product’s function and interactions. I am looking for parents or family members of a child with additional needs, to complete my short questionnaire about my product.
This project is close to my heart and I would really appreciate you taking a few minutes to answer my questions. I would really appreciate any feedback you might have!
Please note all answers will be kept anonymous.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org