Shelley Mannell

Shelley Mannell has more than 20 years experience treating babies, children and adolescents with physical challenges and gross motor delays. Shelley has been a registered Physiotherapist with the College of Physiotherapy of Ontario since graduating from McMaster University. She is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association (C/NDT) and is a book reviewer for the journal, Physiotherapy Canada. She is also a contributing writer for Cascade DAFO newsletter and a regular contributor to the Support for Special Needs and Pediastaff blogs.

Shelley began her career in pediatrics at the Niagara Peninsula Children’s Centre, where she worked for over 11 years. During that time she treated children in the schools, was a founding member of the Early Intervention Team and was coordinator of Orthotic Clinic. In 1997 she opened HeartSpace Physical Therapy for Children in order to balance her career as a Physical Therapist with her role as a mother.

Shelley has extensive post-graduate study. She is certified in pediatric Neuro-Developmental Treatment (C/NDT). She has completed all her pediatric NDT advanced courses as well as extensive training in Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy, developmental biomechanics and sensory processing intervention as well as attachment theory and treatment. Shelley is also a certified children’s yoga teacher and meditation facilitator and has developed the HeartSpace Yoga and Meditation programme which offers yoga and meditation for children with sensory and motor challenges. Most recently Shelley has co-created the Dynamic Core for Kids approach for the treatment of core stability in children with Julie Wiebe PT.

In addition to her clinical work, Shelley has been active in clinical research and served as a clinical faculty member at McMaster University for 10 years. Shelley has a strong committment to continuing education and now enjoys teaching post-graduate clinical education courses to therapists internationally. Shelley also supports families directly by teaching information sessions and workshops for caregivers, residential facilities and parents.

Shelley combines her knowledge base and clinical skills in a problem-solving approach to treatment. This allows her to offer a unique blend of different treatment approaches to facilitate optimum functional skills for each individual child.