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M.A.E.S Therapy 2-Day Introduction Course Online hosted by S.A.S.P. – South African Society of Physiotherapy

M.A.E.S Therapy Introduction Course Online hosted by S.A.S.P. – South African Society of Physiotherapy

Course Title:

 ‘A better understanding of Children with CP and similar neurodevelopmental conditions
and principles to improve their coordination’


Join the founder of M.A.E.S Therapy, Jean-Pierre Maes MCSP for a live, thought-provoking, stimulating and interactive course on the introduction to  ‘Movement Analysis and Education Strategies’ Approach to treating children with Cerebral Palsy and other similar neurological conditions.

With this 2-Day Course, you will be introduced to M.A.E.S. Therapy and have an overview of the content that is developed during the 4-Week Foundation Course. You will gain an understanding of the clinical reasoning that defines the M.A.E.S. Approach.

Through the analysis of numerous videos of clients with various presentations, participants are guided in their understanding of:

  • Key mechanisms that will improve the child’s ability to learn and progress, whilst avoiding (or delaying) a plateau effect.
  • how it is possible to target where the problem originates i.e., improving the function of:  Basal Ganglia for clients with Dyskinetic CP / White Matter for clients with PVL, …
  • Observation and analysis of various therapeutic activities that improve the way the brain is functioning following an initial insult and subsequent reorganisation.


Dates:       Saturday 29  & Sunday 30  April 2021

09.00 – 17.00 Hrs Each Day

Venue:      Live online via Zoom, South Africa Time

Format:    The course is not a presentational style, but it will be live and interactive with each of the 16 participants.
                     The course will include lectures and videos analysis of a variety of presentations of CP

Course Lead By:         Jean-Pierre Maes MCSP,  Director MAES Therapy International and M.A.E.S. Team South Africa

Course Fee:
R2300  for SASP members
R2500 for non members

Course Participants:  16

This course is open to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists  and Speech Therapists.
Preference will be given to Therapists from Southern Africa.

If the course is not fully booked one week before the course, then places will be opened to Therapists from outside Southern Africa, who are welcome to register their interest with:

Jonathan Salsbury, Development Director MAES Therapy International   E:  jsalsbury@maestherapy.com


Registration:       Please book through the S.A.S.P E-Commernce Link


Course Aims: 

To introduce participants to:

  • The MAES Therapy framework: a specific framework for identifying the relationship between skills and tasks and its critical relevance in understanding the reasons for atypical patterns of coordination for each child with Cerebral Palsy.
  • An understanding of why missing skills has long-term consequences on the ability to participate in activities of everyday life (including mobility, self-care, play and communication).
  • Appreciate the necessity of providing the child with a different path for development by acting on the primary cause of the limitation, rather than concentrating on targeting the visible symptoms.
  • Understand the application of the MAES Therapy framework to develop individualised treatment strategies for each child.
  • Understand the need for therapists to develop a wide repertoire of strategies to enable the child to develop a wider repertoire of ways to solve problems.


MAES Introduction Course Durban 2019 – Participants’ messages to therapists considering doing this course:

1)   “Absolutely do it! You will learn so much about thinking outside the box, developing the child’s skill repertoire and thus their brain skills. How to treat using dynamic movement and the importance of variety of movements to improve learning experiences.”

2)    “I would definitely encourage my fellow therapists to attend as it changes the way/perspective in which you look at CP.”

3)   “I feel like this method of assessment and treatment is more in line with the train of thought and “new age” approaches. It does not feel so rigid and “old school: and resonates with the education approaches we are changing. Encouraging the child to think and problem solve instead of prescribing pre-conceived outcomes or idea. Its empowering!”