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MAES Therapy - cerebral palsy physiotherapy courses

4-Week M.A.E.S. Course – 2 Weeks Online  &  2 Weeks Face-to-Face

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.

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


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. 

Therapists and Doctors recommend this Course – a new and pioneering approach to the treatment and management of children with CP.


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

Dates :
Part ‪1:   11 – 22 July  2022          Online via Zoom     Weeks 1 & 2
Part ‪2:   15 – 26 August 2022    Face-to-Face             Weeks 3 & 4

Each week is 5 Days,  Monday to Friday.

Week 1   11-15  July
Week 2   18-22  July
Week 3   15-19  August
Week 4   22-26  August

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 coming together for Part 2.


Venue Part 2 – Face-to-Face

 Gwyn Jones Primary School, 219 Hainault Road, Leytonstone, East London  E11 1EU


Course Participants:   up to 18 max. only


Course Fee:

Early Bird Fee:        £ 2,650.00
Regular/ Late Fee:   £2,950.00

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

Regular/ Late Registration full amount due by 30 June 2022

To Apply:

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, 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 between 25 – 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 UK:

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 30 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 expert clinical skills.


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 successfully completed the M.A.E.S. 4-Week Course :


“This is the course that I would really like 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.”


“The M.A.E.S. Foundation Course has provided the most detailed and comprehensive teaching on cerebral palsy of any course, or ‘on the job’ training I have ever received. It has changed my understanding of children’s presentations and has provided clear information on why we should view CP from the brain perspective, rather than take secondary effects of the brain lesion as a starting point in therapy.

Lectures practical sessions and workshops have complimented one another to broaden our knowledge and help us think clearly and logically when analysing and treating children with cerebral palsy. The organisation and teaching on the M.A.E.S  Course have been fantastic. I strongly recommend this course to all paediatric Therapists treating children with neurodevelopmental conditions.”

Lauren Twin, Highly Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist
NHS Essex


“I would recommend this M.A.E.S. Course to any therapist who feels there is something missing in what they do. I have learnt more on this course then I ever expected to. I am now a different and more effective therapist. I felt something was missing in my treatment approach and this course has filled that gap. All therapists should complete this course and none would regret it.”

Chris Taylor, NHS Community Paediatric Physiotherapist
Kent, UK


“The content and flow of the course was excellent, giving me the chance to understand the importance of looking at the child holistically, to understand why they move in the way they do and to link psychology behind their movements. Using the M.A.E.S. Framework, I will be able to understand my patients deeply, identifying the skills they are missing or they are over relying upon. The M.A.E.S Course gives Therapists new insights to stop treating symptomatically and to find the real cause of the problem and to start looking from the child’s perspective. It’s time to start thinking out-of-the-box!”

Christina Zapantioti, Paediatric Physiotherapist


“The M.A.E.S. Course has been one of the most ‘intense’ professional experiences I have had. It has really challenged my thinking, problem-solving and clinical analysis. However, I genuinely believe it is an approach which is truly holistic, which is what these children need. The beneficial impact of the input is easy to see.

It was very useful to deepen my knowledge base and understanding of CP and to understand why often treatments are not progressing within our current caseload. Occasional ‘lightbulb moments’!  To really begin to acknowledge and understand the psychology of movement.  The M.A.E.S. Framework helps you understand what skills the child is missing when the different parts of the brain are affected, hence beginning to direct clinical analysis and treatment more specifically and effectively. The framework helps to add structure to analysis, problem-solving and treatments. M.A.E.S. helps to direct therapists to the primary impairments rather than constantly fighting the secondary complications. Highly recommended.”

Clare Morkill,  Team Lead Children’s Physiotherapy
Provide social enterprise covering NHS patients in mid Essex


“This course is by far the best learning experience I have ever had. I never expected to learn this much. I have a totally new and much more or in understanding cerebral palsy and how this impacts on children in and holistic way. It has also given a very detailed framework to analyse children with CP and how to then provide a very individualised treatment approach.

I now understand why I need to approach children with CP in different ways, depending upon the lesion in the brain.

The tutors have all been excellent and are very supportive, especially if you are finding something challenging. If someone has the chance to attend this course, then they should. This MAES Course is really good value for money for all that you get in return, as well as the ongoing support your provided with.  Highly recommended ! “

Hannah Westwood,  Highly Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist
NHS Essex


“This M.A.E.S. Course completely changed the way I look at children with cerebral palsy (or similar). It makes you read activate your thought processes in a holistic way, gives you a framework to base your clinical reasoning upon and treatment strategies and principles to takeaway and explore further.

The M.A.E.S. Framework really helps to structure your thought process and to keep it individualised, even when the child’s presentation is similar to others. It keeps you focused on identifying missing skills and upgrading these. The course is really ‘hands on’, so you can learn in your own way. It is suitable for a wide variety of professions as it is holistic.”

Jo Nye, Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist,
Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust


“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.  

R. Davis, Senior Physiotherapist, NDT-Bobath Therapist,  London, UK