Shannon Mills, Occupational Therapist

Helping families acheive better sleep for infants and children.

About Me


As a mother of two spirited children, I have first hand experience with colic and sleep difficulties. My passion for assisting other sleep-deprived families began after I myself discovered the overwhelming impact of a child's sleep difficulties on the whole family.

I am an experienced paediatric Occupational Therapist, licensed to practice as a regulated health care professional within the province of Ontario. I began working as an Occupational Therapist with both children and adults in 2004. I have been working exclusively in the field of paediatrics since 2006, and have been focusing my practice on childhood sleep since 2011. 

As my formal education, I completed Majors in Biology and Psychology at the University of Toronto, and a Masters in Occupational Therapy at McMaster University. I have also completed numerous trainings and workshops related to paediatrics and sleep.

As a regulated health care professional, I am committed to maintaining ongoing education to ensure I am providing high quality, evidence-based service. I work hard to remain up to date on the latest information in all areas related to paediatric sleep through courses, literature, and consultation with other professionals.

Through my work proving sleep consultation, I strive to provide compassionate support and effective recommendations to help families achieve a happier, more rested home. 


Background and Training:

I am an experienced paediatric Occupational Therapist who has worked with a variety of infants and children of all ages. I have worked with both typically developing children and those with special needs such as autism, sensory processing difficulties, congenital diseases and syndromes, developmental delays and motor impairments.

I have completed a Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at McMaster University and a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Toronto, with Majors in Biology and Psychology.

In addition to my formal university education, I have completed numerous trainings and workshops during my professional career.

Some of my paediatric and sleep related training include: 

- SickKids Peadiatric Sleep Symposium,  presented by The Toronto Hospital for Sick Children. Some topics covered include: sleep in infants and children, sleep disorders in children, sleep disorders in children and youth with developmental disorders, common behavioural approaches to childhood sleep disorders, evaluation and management of paediatric parasomnias, obstructive sleep apnea and sleep disordered breathing. 

- IMI Certified Child Sleep Consultant Training Program: An Integrative and Healthy Approach to Sleep, presented by the International Maternity Institute. Some topics covered include: the most widely recognized international adult and child sleep training methods, approaches and practices, the science of sleep for adults, infant and children, family dynamics, temperaments, sleep environments,  sleep/wake-time windows, sleep associations/crutches, developmental milestones, objective approach to working with families in order to develop healthy sleep habits that are age and developmentally appropriate for their client’s needs, lifestyle, and values, supporting parents postpartum with their sleep issues during their time of transition, understanding of sleep challenges and solutions, lactation, special needs.

 - The Gentle Sleep Coaching Training and Certification Program, presented by Kim West, LSCSW-C Some topics covered include: counselling skills; child development; sleep science; behavioural modification techniques; reflux; co-sleeping; working with multiples and siblings; secure attachment theory; breastfeeding; newborns.

-Lactation Consultant Training Program, presented by Lactation Education Resources. 

 -Medical Conditions and Sleep Apnea in Childrenpresented by Dr Lewis Kass, Director of Children’s Sleep Center

-Sudden Infant Death Syndrome for Professionals, presented by the Canadian Institute for the Study of Infant Deaths

-Postpartum Depression Overview, Identification, and Management, presented by Dr Shoshana Bennett, author and leading specialist on Postpartum Depression

-Supporting the Breastfeeding Mom, presented by Heather Irvine, Lactation Counsellor and Infant Care Specialist

-Milk supply in the Breastfeeding Mom, presented by Dr. Jack Newman, Lactation Specialist.

-Effective Interventions in Paediatric Feeding, prented by Suzanne Breton and Sherna Marcus, Registered Occupational Therapists at the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children

-Naturopathic Approaches to Reflux, Colic, and other Gastrointestinal Issues in Infants and Toddlers, presented by Dr. Carly Wendler licensed Naturopathic Doctor

-How to Talk So Kids Will Listen, presented by the Ontario Early Years Centre

-Positive Discipline, presented by Dr. Renee Hackney, parenting expert

-Triple P Parenting: The Power of Positive Parenting, Confident Competent Children, Raising Resilient ChildrenPresented by Ontario Early Years Centre. Presented by Ontario Early Years Centre

-Sensory Processing Disorders and Sleep, presented by Jodi Jennings, Occupational Therapist

-Developing a Sensory Lens to Enhance Your Paediatric Practice, presented by Ellen Yack, registered Occupational Therapist

-SticKids Sensory Processing Workshop, Presented by Meryle Lehn and Shirley Sutton, Registered Occupational Therapist

-Managing Sleep Disorders in Autism, presented by Sandee-lee Parker, Clinical Director of Centre for Behavioural Consultation and Therapy Services

-Autism and Sensory Integration, presented by Shirley Sutton, registered Occupational Therapist

-Living with ASD, presented by Dr. Temple Grandin

-ADHD/ADD: The New Understanding, Approach and Critical Guidelines, presented by Dr. Thomas Brown

 -Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Neurobehavioural Accommodations Model, Presented by Simcoe Children’s Treatment Network

 -Acquired Brain Injury Care within the Community, Presented by Manitoulin Sudbury CCAC

 -Clinical Assessment and Practical Intervention for Praxis, presented by Ellen Yack, Registered Occupational Therapist

 -The Learning Triad: How the Eyes, Hands, and Cognition Impact Activities, presented by Mary Benbow, Registered Occupational Therapist

-Professional Accountability, Presented by Manitoulin Sudbury CCAC

-Privacy Legislation in Ontario, Presented by Manitoulin Sudbury CCAC 

Professional Memberships:

 - College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario

-  Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

-  Association of Professional Sleep Consultants

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