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As physical, occupational and speech therapists working with children with complex needs (and too often) exhausted families and disconnected teams that don't always see eye-to-eye, we recognised the need for clinical discussions that go beyond what we can gather from textbook and published guidelines.

Shelley Mannell: Core Requirements for Physical Therapists

Shelley Mannell Heartspace Physical Therapy

If you want to be an effective pediatric therapist, start here.

Shelley Mannell from Heartspace PT brings a wealth of wisdom and analytical brilliance to addressing the underlying components of therapy that make everything else work better. She addresses not only what our kiddos need to improve their dynamic core and function, but what we can do ourselves to achieve excellence in our own areas of practice. If I had one word to describe Shelley, it would be "Wise" and you are guaranteed be wiser for having listened to her!

Check out the handy clickable links list below the podcast to take you right to the resources you need.



The Podcast: Listen, enjoy, share...

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  1. Becoming a physical therapists, early experiences (1:25)

  2. Early Influences and Mentors (5:50)

  3. Moving into sensory processing as a physical therapist (8.28)

  4. Mistakes and learnings (11:04)

  5. Where to focus first in initial treatments (12:00)

  6. Current reading interests (13:26)

  7. Getting into teaching (14:54)

  8. Best book recommendations (17:20)

  9. Recommendations for therapists new to the field (19:40)

  10. Why NDT? (22:35)

  11. Clinical Questions

  • W-sitting (25.32)

  • Scapulae and rib position before using monkey bars and trapeze (29.28)

  • Balance work in a child with spastic diplegia - dancing with strategies (32.08)

  • Car sickness, vertigo and the vestibular system (35.22)

  • Coming to NZ and other info on organizing courses (38.27)

  • Primitive Reflexes (39.28)

  1. What commonly gets missed in clinical practice (45:16)

  2. Reflective questions for clinical practice (47:53)

  3. Best advice for developing excellence (48.54)


Wired ON Development clickable links to great resources

Shelley Mannell

HeartSpace PT for Children

Dynamic Core for Kids

Please note: these book links go through to Amazon Affiliate Program

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