Shelley Mannell

Shelley Mannell has more than 25 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 Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association (C/NDT). She has been a contributing writer for Cascade DAFO newsletter and a regular contributor to the Support for Special Needs, Friendship Circle and Pediastaff blogs.

Shelley began her career in pediatrics at the Niagara Children’s Centre, where she worked for over 11 years. During that time she treated children in the schools and as outpatients, was coordinator of Orthotic Clinic and served as a founding member of the Early Intervention Team. 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 commitment to continuing education and now enjoys teaching continuing education courses to therapists internationally.

Shelley combines her theoretical 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.