We currently have no upcoming courses



Ottawa Physiotherapy Neuro Interest Group Presents:

Sensation and Movement: Sensory Processing and Postural Control in Adult Neurological Populations

Instructor: Shelley Mannell, PT, BSc, BHSc, C/NDT

April 15 – 17, 2016

Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario

401 Smyth Road Ottawa, Ontario


 Join us for a three-day exploration of the relationships between the vestibular, visual and postural control systems. The multi-systems nature of postural control will be the jumping off point for discussion of the integration of the vestibular and visual systems and their integration with movement. The systems model will assist in our problem solving regarding the impact of stress and disease on postural control. The functional neurobiology of the visualvestibular system will assist in our understanding of clinical assessment and intervention strategies to enhance postural control, learning and improved functional skills. This course is designed for therapists treating a wide variety of clients with neurological challenges. There are no prerequisites and registration is limited to 21 participants.

Course Outline

Day 1: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm - The neurobiology of the vestibular system Vestibular function and the development of postural control. The integration of the visual and vestibular systems. The impact of musculoskeletal alignment on the vestibular system. Clinical assessment of the vestibular system. Intervention for the vestibular system.

Day 2: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm - The neurobiology of the visual system for movement. Clinical assessment of functional vision. Assessing the visual-vestibular contribution to postural control. The visual-vestibular systems and emotion. Intervention strategies for functional vision.

Day 3: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm - Integration of the visual-vestibular system and movement. Intervention strategies for postural control and functional movement.

About the Instructor Shelley Mannell

Shelley serves babies, children and young adults across a range of neurological and developmental disabilities. She integrates a broad spectrum of clinical skills and research to provide treatment across multiple sensory and motor domains. Shelley founded HeartSpace Physical Therapy for Children in 1997 in order to support her clients as they matured through the lifespan. Research on brain structure/function and its application to the treatment of movement disorders is a cornerstone of her treatment. Shelley began teaching as a clinical faculty member in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University and continues to participate in clinical research and education. Shelley now teaches internationally, discussing the multi-systems nature of the development of postural control and its application to assessment and intervention for children and adults with neurological challenges. Shelley is the co-creator of Dynamic Core for Kids, an evidence-based approach to central stability for children with motor and sensory challenges. She lives in St. Catharines with her husband and her two teenaged children who remind her daily that adolescent brain development is a wild and wonderful thing. 


Registration Fees

Before March 14, 2016: $550.00

After March 14, 2016: $650.00

In order to register, please provide information requested below and an e-transfer to: ottawaneuropt@gmail.com

Registration Information Name:




Place of Employment:

Are you registered to practice in Ontario?

If written notice of cancellation is received prior to March 14th, a full refund will be granted. After March 14th, 2016 should you wish to withdraw from the course you will be liable for the full course fees unless your place can be filled by an applicant on the waiting list. We reserve the right to cancel this course for due cause, in which case a full refund will be provided to all participants.