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Cheryl Manning

Cheryl's Background

I graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy in 1997. I have also participated in the Child Development and Assessment Team Training at the Center of Human Development and Disability at the University of Washington. I have practiced occupational therapy in a variety of settings (acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and pediatrics). Most of my experience is working with special needs children in school districts. As an occupational therapist in the schools I work with kids to help increase their overall functional performance and independence by remediating physical deficits and adapting environments and/or activities.

When I had my first child in September of 2000, I learned how to massage my baby through a class and the use of a video and a book. I fell in love with infant massage so much, that I decided I wanted to share this with others. I participated in the infant massage instructor program and become a certified infant massage instructor through The Foundation of Healthy Family Living. I now teach individual, group and introductory infant massage classes. I use my experience as a parent and occupational therapist to augment my instruction in infant massage and communication. I truly believe in this type of work as it has made an incredible impact in my relationship with my own son and in the relationships of the families that I have worked with. It is a blessing to be able to work with parents and children in such a rewarding way.