Event Details

‘Movement Analysis & Education Strategies Course for children

with Cerebral Palsy and similar neuro-developmental conditions’


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

Course Dates: Part-One 26 October to 6 November 2015, Part-Two 7 to 18 December 2015

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. There will be Course Assignments between Parts 1 and 2.

Venue: Rand Park Ridge Scout Hall, Randburg, Johannesburg


A new and different dimension to the treatment and management of children with Cerebral Palsy and similar neurological conditions.

Learn to treat dynamically, addressing the key reasons for movement limitations of clients with Cerebral Palsy. Develop skills to become a better clinician.

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

Unique of its kind, this course has a strong emphasis on clinical skills, with therapists gaining expertise in analysis of movement, effective and structured problem-solving skills, together with the ability to apply a range of new treatment strategies.

Following successful completion of this course, therapists will be able to provide an expert ‘hands-on’ treatment (including function, play and interaction) for each child with CP.


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

Mihaela Grubišić, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist
Head of Department Sensory Integration Therapy
Special Hospital for Children with neurodevelopmental and motor disorders

“The MAES Therapy Course has given me new depth to my understanding of children with cerebral palsy”

Nikki Kennedy, Bobath Physiotherapist,


Course Leader: Jean-Pierre Maes MCSP, Director MAES Therapy
Jean-Pierre Maes is renowned internationally for his excellent clinical skills, mentoring of therapists and leading courses. He has more than 25 years experience of treating children with Cerebral Palsy and similar neurological disorders.


Course format:
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 2, 3 and 4.

Course Fee: R 25000 for the 4 weeks

Non-Refundable Deposit R5000 to be paid by 31 July 2015
Balance: R20000 to be paid by 20 September 2015

Course Participants: 12 max.

Course Participant’s criteria:
Participants must be 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 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.


    Registration: Contact Local Course Organiser :-

    Shane Hodges, PT
    E: shanehodges55@yahoo.com