Stephanie Wheen BSc Hons MHCPC MCSP
Stephanie was born in England into a large family. She has a brother with Down Syndrome who was born when she was 11 years old. From this time she has been interested in and involved with children with disabilities and their families, volunteering in a Special Educational Needs nursery in the UK and then in a disabled orphanage in Argentina before studying physiotherapy. She qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2002. She worked in the NHS in London and Kent, for the last 3 years as a Band 7 Highly Specialised Community Paediatric Physiotherapist until 2010 when she was asked to join a private practice in London. In 2012 Stephanie left London to set up Wheen Physio for Children in Bristol.
Stephanie is a highly qualified and experienced Chartered Paediatric Physiotherapist. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. Always check your physiotherapist is registered on:
A highly trained Bobath Accredited physiotherapist with several years experience practicing Bobath therapy and teaching colleagues in the UK and abroad. Bobath or Neurodevelopmental Therapy is a specialised and highly effective treatment approach for children with Cerebral Palsy, neurological disorders or for children with similar movement difficulties.
Trained in Sensory Integration Theory. Sensory Integration therapy helps children who have difficulties processing the sensory inputs they get from their environment. This can have a significant impact on how they move, learn and develop. It is often the case that children with movement difficulties have sensory difficulties so it is essential the 2 are treated together.
Trained in Kinesio Taping. This technique uses specialised tape (as seen with elite athletes) to act as physiotherapists hands. The tape can remain on children for up to 5 days so that the effect of treatment is prolonged even when the physiotherapist is not there. It is highly effective especially with children who have low tone, muscle weakness or poor muscle and joint alignment
Trained in using Makaton – the adapted sign language used by children with special needs, and more and more by mainstream schools and nurseries.
Stephanie has also attended numerous other courses and seminars covering areas such as Gait, Torticollis and Plagiocephaly, Talipes, Hypermobility, specialised seating, postural management, hydrotherapy and many more.
As well as specialising in treating children with neural or developmental difficulties, Stephanie has a special interest in treating children with Down Syndrome. She worked 1.5 days a week for a Down Syndrome charity for almost 2 years. She is well versed with recent research and techniques from prominent Down Syndrome associations.
Stephanie has worked as a volunteer paediatric physiotherapist in an orphanage for 2000 disabled children in Bangkok, Thailand. She also worked in Tanzania in a children's physiotherapy clinic where she taught the local physiotherapists as well as providing physiotherapy for the local disabled children. She raised funds to build a sensory room and provide essential equipment for the orphanage in Thailand by swimming the English Channel in relay.
Stephanie is a member of the following organisations:
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP)
Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice (OCPPP or Physiofirst)
British Association of Bobath Trained Therapists (BABTT)
Sensory Integration Network (SINetwork)