Event Details

Past Courses:


Course Title:

‘Movement Analysis & Education Strategies for the Treatment of Children with Cerebral Palsy and similar neuro-developmental conditions’


Act on key mechanisms to improve children’s ability to keep learning and progressing, whilst avoiding (or delaying) a ‘plateau’ effect.

Target the brain: improve function of:  Basal Ganglia for clients with Dyskinetic CP, White Matter for clients with PVL, Cerebellum for clients with Ataxia, …

Highly practical in nature, this course is designed to expand your repertoire of interventions,  structure and develop clinical reasoning and clinical expertise.

A specialist course for Paediatric Therapists (PT,OT,SLT) and medical doctors who want to gain new knowledge and develop their clinical reasoning and treatment skills for children with Cerebral Palsy and similar neurodevelopmental conditions.   


  •           Learn to treat dynamically
  •           Develop creative thinking for your treatments
  •           Acquire new observation and analytical skills
  •           Develop an extensive repertoire of new treatment strategies
  •           Gain new ways to inform and guide parents

Become an Expert:  Following successful completion of this course, therapists will understand how to provide an expert ‘hands-on’ treatment, individualised to each child, based upon the specific ‘insult’ to their brain, rather than just being based upon ‘type’.

MAES Therapy promotes the development of skills in terms of mobility, hand function, constructive play, interaction and communication, for each child with Cerebral Palsy.

Unique of its kind, this course has a strong emphasis on high-level observation, analysis and clinical skills. 


M.A.E.S. Therapy is a pioneering evidence-based approach, underpinned by practice evidence, patient evidence and contextual evidence from 30 years’ expert clinical and teaching experience world-wide and focusing on excellent treatment skills.


Dates :

Part 1:    17 – 28 February 2025       Weeks 1 & 2   Online via Zoom

Part 2:    24 March – 4 April  2025    Weeks 3 & 4   Face-to Face

Week 1    17 – 21 February 2025
Week 2    24 – 28 February 2025
Week 3    24 – 28 March 2025
Week 4    31 March – 4 April 2025

Length of Course:   4-Weeks ( 20 Days) Postgraduate course, in two parts of two weeks.
Each week is 5 Days,  Monday to Friday.

It is very helpful for Participants’ learning to plan and make arrangements to use the period between Part 1 and  Part 2 to put into practice the knowledge and skills gained in Part 1,  before returning for Part 2.


Venue Part 2 – Face-to-Face 

Mali Dom,  Dnevni centar za rehabilitaciju djece i mladeži
(Care Center for Rehabilitation of Children and Young Adults)
Baštijanova ulica 1D, Zagreb


Maili Dom, Baštijanova 1D, 10 000  Zagreb


Course Fee:

Early Bird Fee:                         £2,915  GBP   to be paid by 1 November 2024
Regular/ Late Registration:  £3,175  GBP    to be paid by 10 January 2025

5% Discount per participant for any two colleagues from the same workplace that register together.

First come first served and a non-refundable* deposit of £500 secures your place.


For further information and for an Application Formcontact:

Course Organiser:

Jonathan Salsbury MIoD  Development Manager,  MAES Therapy International

E:   jsalsbury@maestherapy.com


Course Participant’s Criteria:

Participants must be experienced Paediatric Therapists (Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists,  Speech Therapists) or medical Doctors (paediatricians, neurologists), with at least two years’ experience in treating children with Cerebral Palsy and similar neurological conditions.

The course will appeal to therapists who are about to take their first postgraduate cerebral palsy physiotherapy course, as well as to very experienced therapists who have already taken several specialist courses (e.g. Conductive Education, Vojta, NDT-Bobath, Sensory Integration, etc.).

Course Format:

Presented at post-graduate level, this certified CP paediatrics course is very ‘hands-on’. The format will include theoretical lectures, treatment demonstrations, workshops, case presentations and supervised daily practical sessions with patients during weeks 3 and 4.

Unique of its kind, this neurodevelopmental course has a strong emphasis on high-level observation, analysis and clinical skills. There is an unusually high level of supervised practical sessions (almost 50% of time), with a wide variety of case presentations, giving depth and breadth to the learning experience.

The course is specially designed to give participants time to translate theory into clinical practice and become expert in handling and managing their clients with neuro-developmental conditions.



Course Aims:

This course aims to:

  • Provide a ‘Framework’ for an effective assessment and better understanding of the challenges and needs of children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) and similar neurodevelopmental conditions
  • Gain expertise in analysis of coordination and effective and structured clinical reasoning skills.
  • Analyse Tasks in term of fine and gross motor, sensory, perceptual, biomechanical and cognitive components.
  • Relate the quality of execution of given tasks to the specific skills that the child has been able to develop and use to accomplish these tasks.
  • Predict motor behaviour (prognosis) based upon an in-depth analysis of typical presentations associated to spastic hypertonia, dyskinetic CP, ataxia, hypotonia and CP associated with preterm birth.
  • Understand the short and long-term consequences for the child to engage in complex activities, when the skills available are missing and consequently for therapists to establish priorities and short and long-term treatment plans to change the child’s natural course of development.
  • Develop high-level problem-solving skills to provide each child with specific sensory-motor experiences to make best use of their own potential for improvement.
  • Prioritise and identify which specific skills a child is missing and that need to be promoted and at the same time discouraging the compensatory strategies this child is over-relying upon and which prevents the development of more advanced skills.
  • Expand creative thinking and develop an extensive repertoire of treatment strategies and skills, which can then be applied more confidently in a range of situations to enable the child to learn new ways that he would have difficulty or not be able to develop on his own.
  • Effectively inform and guide parents during treatment sessions, including the use of toys for play and advise them how to best interact with their child during activities of daily living in a home environment.

Development of Clinical Skills:

Throughout the 4 weeks Therapists will have:

20 x  Practical Sessions with 1 child being treated by 2 or 3 therapists.

Therapists generally work in pairs with 1 child at a time and throughout the course they have a variety of children with different presentations of Cerebral Palsy.

20 x Treatment Workshops ( Therapists’ live Case Presentations )

There will be a total of around 20 – 30 different children with Cerebral Palsy to treat during Part 2,  allowing a high level of supervised practical sessions, allowing participants to link theory into practice and become expert in analysis and handling.



Course Lead by:   Jean-Pierre Maes   and   M.A.E.S. Team 

Jean-Pierre Maes MCSP  Consultant Neuro-Developmental Physiotherapist
Founder & Director MAES Therapy International

Jean-Pierre is an expert in the field of Cerebral Palsy and similar neuro-developmental conditions, with over 35 years’ experience of treating babies, children and adults.

He was a Senior NDT- Bobath Tutor – one of the most experienced and influential international Senior Tutors and regular Course Leaders.

However, Jean-Pierre wanted to progress and improve the treatment of children further and so he decided to leave NDT-Bobath and now practices and teaches the pioneering M.A.E.S. Therapy Approach.

Due to demand, he now leads M.A.E.S. Courses world-wide, teaching the advanced MAES Therapy Approach for paediatric therapists who want to specialise, or to further specialise, in the treatment of children with CP and similar neurodevelopmental conditions and who want to gain new knowledge and new expert clinical skills for the greater benefit of the patients they treat.





M.A.E.S.  ‘ Movement Analysis & Education Strategies’  Therapy


Therapy is the new gold standard for treating children with Cerebral Palsy and similar neuro-developmental conditions and movement disorders; with more effective long-term outcomes compared to other therapeutic approaches such as Bobath-NDT, Vojta, Medek.