4-Week Postgraduate Course, 2 weeks Online & 2 weeks Face-to-Face
‘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.
Length of Course: 4-Week ( 20 Days) Postgraduate course, in two parts of two weeks.
Part 1: 11 – 22 March 2024 Online – live and interactive via Zoom
Part 2: 15 – 26 April 2024 Face-to-Face
Week 1 11 – 15 March
Week 2 18 – 22 March
Week 3 15 – 19 April
Week 4 22 – 26 April
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 for Part 2: Poznań, Poland
Early Bird: £2,735 GBP to be paid by 30 November 2023
Regular/Late Registration: £2,995 GBP to be paid by 1 February 2024
First come first served and a non-refundable deposit of £495 secures your place.
To Apply and for further information, contact:
Course Organiser: Jonathan Salsbury MIoD, Development Director,
M.A.E.S. Therapy International
Joanna Brudlo-Semeniuk, Neurodevelopmental Physiotherapist (Polish speaking)
M.A.E.S. Therapy London
Course Lead by: Jean-Pierre Maes MCSP and M.A.E.S. Team:
Jean-Pierre Maes MCSP, Founder and Director of M.A.E.S. Therapy International, is an expert in the field of Cerebral Palsy and similar neurodevelopmental conditions and movement disorders. For over 30 years he has been teaching and treating extensively worldwide (in over 35 countries), giving him unparalleled experience and insight into neuro-paediatrics.
He is renowned internationally for both his excellent clinical and teaching skills.
He qualified as a physiotherapist in 1989 in Brussels, Belgium and specialised in adult and child neurology soon after.
He worked in private practice, at the Belgian Bobath Centre, Brussels, in a Special School near Birmingham, UK, followed by being a Consultant Neurodevelopmental Physiotherapist and Senior NDT-Bobath Tutor at The Bobath Centre (London) from 1998 until 2013.
Jean-Pierre wanted to progress and to improve the treatment of children further and so In 2013, he started teachingM.A.E.S. Therapy (Movement Analysis & Education Strategies), a pioneering approach to the treatment and management of Children with Cerebral Palsy and similar neurodevelopmental conditions.
The success of this new approach, led to him to develop M.A.E.S. Therapy Courses world-wide, through Introductory Courses, 4-Week Foundation Courses and Advanced Courses for paediatric therapists who want to specialise, or to further specialise, in the treatment of children with Cerebral Palsy and similar neurodevelopmental conditions and who want to gain new insights, deeper knowledge and new expert clinical skills for the greater benefit of the patients they treat.
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 course in the field of Cerebral Palsy as well as to very experienced therapists who have already taken several specialist courses (e.g. Conductive Education, Vojta, NDT-Bobath, Sensory Integration, etc.).
This certified 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 course has a strong emphasis on high-level observation, analysis and clinical skills. There is an unusually high level of supervised practical sessions, 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.
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.