Event Details

MAES Course 2018  at  University of the Witwatersrand (WITS)

Fully Booked!  

If you would like to put your name on the Waiting List in case of a cancellation, or register your interest for 2019, please contact:

Local Course Organiser:     

Shane Brassell, PT MAES Therapy & Paediatric NDT

              E:   maestherapyrsa@gmail.com    maestherapyrsa@gmail.com

              T:  0027 (0)79 3167338

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

A specialist 4-Week Post-Graduate course for Paediatric Therapists to specialise or to further specialise in the treatment of children with Cerebral Palsy and similar neuro-developmental conditions and who want to gain new insights, increased knowledge and develop their clinical reasoning and treatment skills

A different approach to the treatment and management of Children with Cerebral Palsy and similar neurodevelopmental conditions, based upon 25 years’ expert clinical and teaching experience world-wide.      

          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 

A specialist course for the benefit of experienced and very experienced paediatric therapists (Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech & Language Therapists) and medical Doctors.

Become an Expert:  

Following successful completion of this course, therapists will be able to provide an expert, individualised ‘hands-on’ treatment to promote the development of skills in terms of mobility, hand function, constructive play, interaction and communication, for each child with CP.


Course Dates:

Part 1:   29 October – 9 November 2018              

Part 2:   26 November – 7 December 2018

Length of Course:  4-Weeks ( 20 Days) course, in two parts of two weeks.

Each week is 5 Days,  Monday to Friday.

The period between Parts 1 and 2 is to ensure participants put into practice the knowledge and skills gained in Part 1, before returning for Part 2.


Venue:          University of the Witwatersrand (WITS),    

                        Dept. of Physiotherapy, Education Campus,    

                        Parktown, Johannesburg


Course Fee:  

Early Bird:  R 27,000    Regular/ Late Registration:  R 30,000

First come first served and a non-refundable deposit of R 5,000 secures your place.

Early Bird Ends 31 July 2018 (Full Payment by 31 July)

Late Registration full amount is due by 30 September 2018

5% Discount per person for any two or more work colleagues that register together.


Course Leader:

Jean-Pierre Maes MCSP,  Consultant Neuro-Developmental Physiotherapist

Director MAES Therapy International

Jean-Pierre is an expert in the field of Cerebral Palsy and similar neuro-developmental conditions, with over 25 years’ experience of treating babies, children and adults.

He is renowned internationally for both his excellent clinical skills and teaching skills, mentoring therapists and leading courses related to a variety of neurodevelopmental conditions.

From 1998 to 2013 he was based at The Bobath Centre (London) as a Consultant Neuro-developmental Physiotherapist,  Senior NDT- Bobath Tutor  leading a variety of Basic and Advanced courses.  He was a Senior NDT- Bobath Tutor – one of the most experienced and influential international Senior Tutors and regular Course Leaders.

Jean-Pierre Maes has since progressed and developed and has left NDT-Bobath and now practices and teaches the pioneering MAES Therapy Approach.


Local Course Organiser:     

Shane Brassell, PT MAES Therapy & Paediatric NDT

              E:   maestherapyrsa@gmail.com    maestherapyrsa@gmail.com

              T:  0027 (0)79 3167338



For further information and for an Application Form, contact   Local Organiser  Shane Brassell, PT  as above, or :

Jonathan Salsbury MIoD, MAES Therapy International

E:   jsalsbury@maestherapy.com


Course Participants:    up to 16 max.


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, Halliwick, etc.).


Course Format:

Presented at post-graduate level, this certified MAES Therapy Foundation course includes lectures, treatment demonstrations, workshops, case presentations video analysis and supervised daily practical sessions with patients during weeks 2, 3 and 4.

Unique of its kind, this course has a strong emphasis on high-level clinical skills, with 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:

30 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.

30 x Treatment Workshops ( Therapists’ live Case Presentations )

There will be a total of between 25 – 30 different children with Cerebral Palsy to treat during the 4 weeks,  allowing a high level of supervised practical sessions, allowing participants to link theory into practice and become expert in analysis and handling.


Therapists and Doctors recommend this Course:

The best accreditation is from fellow professionals who judge and value the course and the new knowledge and skills they gain.

Below are a few comments from some therapists who have attended the MAES Courses world-wide: 

“This is the course that I would really liked to have taken earlier in my career, as it would have saved me many years of searching for answers to my questions about Cerebral Palsy.”

“I am NDT- Bobath trained and was looking for a course to ‘fill in the gaps’ that NDT doesn’t cover and to enable me to better treat the most complex children on my caseload; this course did this brilliantly. The course was excellent and I would highly recommend it to any therapist who is committed to developing their practice to the highest level.  

Rebecca Davis, Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist,  London, UK

“Take your skills of assessment and treatment to a higher level; a level that is not offered in other courses I have undertaken. With MAES Therapy I can now achieve in one session what took me months to achieve prior to the course.”

Rachel MacLoughlin, Senior Physiotherapist, UK

“The MAES Therapy Course hugely influenced my understanding and approach to Cerebral Palsy; a complete turnaround to that which I have learnt in the past.  I am better at understanding this approach and am also getting to applying the principals into practice.

This approach is more holistic in understanding the whole child and how they are finding solutions. Due to their injury they have learnt to find a solution by developing skills that are over-used or underdeveloped. In the MAES Therapy Approach the long term outcome of the child is not limited but rather free for greater possibilities.

The course is not easy, but it is well worth learning this approach earlier, rather than later in your career. I see no other way, at present, that offers the child with CP a better opportunity to develop. The theory of MAES Therapy is strongly backed up with many practical treatment sessions that prove that this approach does work.

Gillian Shead,  Physiotherapist


“I would recommend the MAES Therapy Course to all therapists.”

Mihaela Grubišić,   Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist

Head of Department  Sensory Integration Therapy,

Special Hospital for Children , Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

I have found the MAES THERAPY Course to be very helpful and was thrilled by the way it is very update with modern neuroscience. I hope that the enthusiasm and the knowledge of MAES Therapy will spread. I would highly recommend this course.”

 Dr.Tina Bregant, PhD, Paediatrician,  Ljubljana, Slovenia, Europe

Having completed the  Bobath-NDT Basic and Advanced Courses,  I had been looking for my “next step” to progress. 

The MAES Course has done that and given me new depth to my understanding of children with cerebral palsy. I am able to distinguish clearly between how each child presents, enabling me to adapt my therapeutic handling to specifically treat each child I see. The MAES Therapy Course has given me new knowledge and skills.  I highly recommend it to all paediatric therapists.”

Nikki Kennedy,  NDT-Bobath Physiotherapist, UK

The MAES Therapy Course has completely changed my understanding of CP for the better. It has given me a perspective that not only makes sense but makes changes where previously I thought you could not make changes.

Anita Hains, Physiotherapist,  South Africa                                  

“I was hoping to learn new strategies and it has given me that and more!

MAES has helped me to understand the ‘things’ I saw and had no explanation for.  It fits extremely well in my way of thinking.

The MAES Therapy Approach and Framework is amazing and definitely how I will work in the future with all my patients. I think it makes our treatment much more specific and long lasting!

I really think that it is very useful and includes Occupational Therapists more than any other course I have ever attended.  MAES Therapy is very holistic and as an OT I will be able to integrate everything.”

Marli Smit,  Occupational Therapist, South Africa

“The course was excellent. I will go back home and I will be able to understand all my neuro patients better and I will plan my treatment sessions more effectively. The MAES Therapy Approach and Framework helps you to analyse movement disorders in terms of skills and tasks and to effectively combine motor, sensory and cognition during therapy sessions.  Highly Recommended”

Beth Campos,  Speech & Language Therapist,   NDT-Bobath Tutor,  Brazil

“The course has challenged the way in which I think about neuro-developmental problems in children. The MAES Approach makes a lot of sense to me.

I like the fact that the first two weeks are more general and the focus is on task analysis and understanding;  and the break in between the two parts of the course helps to consolidate that information. Then the last two weeks puts the first two weeks together to get to treatment. 

I no longer look at things like tone and patterns to classify and put into groups. I now know that I was previously just looking at symptoms and treating symptomatically.  This course has helped me to get to the root of the problem.

The MAES framework helps you to separate signs/symptoms from core problems. When you know what the skills are that the child is missing and the ones that are being overused, you can see where you want to go with treatment.

I think MAES Therapy is beneficial for all – PT, OT and SLT, as it provides a new way to see and analyse our patients. It looks at the whole child and doesn’t separate upper limbs, lower limbs etc., which I believe is the correct way to view our patients.”

Roxane Jason, Physiotherapist

South Africa


See more comments on the MAES THERAPY website.