25 Paediatric Therapists from the middle of South Africa spent a weekend in Kimberley to learn about the pioneering M.A.E.S. Therapy Approach to treating children with CP.

Shane Brassell, Paediatric PT

& M.A.E.SM.A.E.S. Therapy Introduction Course - Kimberley, South Africa 2019 Therapy South Africa Coordinator presented this official 2-Day MAES Introduction Course,  assisted by Gillian Shead PT and  local coordinator Janri du Plessis PT.

Well done and many thanks !

Participants (PT, OT, SLT) really enjoyed the course and the new insights and knowledge gained – that open the opportunity to further develop clinical reasoning and treatment skills.

Many thanks to Shane for presenting this 2-Day course which follows earlier extensive mentoring from Jean-Pierre.  Thanks again to Gillian Shead  for her invaluable support and assistance and also to Doug and Janri.


Course Title:

 ‘A Better Understanding of Children with Cerebral Palsy and similar Neurodevelopmental Conditions and principles to improve their coordination’ 

Venue:   Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital – Kimberley

(Kimberley is the capital city of South Africa’s Northern Cape Province)

Dates:  Saturday 7  &  Sunday 8 September 2019


“This MAES Introduction Course  has helped to explain why children with CP use the movement strategies they do and why it’s so hard to change – because as Therapists, we have been working on the wrong things.

It really explains many of the challenges and ‘plateaus’ we hit in therapy – and how we can go forward. It makes sense to analyse how a child is moving from their point of view /or their brains’ point of view.   Excellent ! “

“M.A.E.S. is a completely different way of thinking and approach to treatment, compared to Bobath-NDT.”

“ I have always been interested in and enjoyed treating children with CP, but I never felt like I understood the condition fully and my treatment focused on positioning,  breaking the pattern and practicing tasks to improve them. This course gave me a different perspective on CP and why these children get ‘stuck’ in certain patterns and have difficulty performing tasks well. It also has changed the way I think about children with CP, as they have more potential to succeed than we initially think.”  

“The course allows for discussion and interaction, as well as many opportunities to understand the concepts through the use of repetition, analogies and video analysis.”

“I loved it. The hands-on approach and way of moving and motivating children will help my regular patients. Obviously the 4-Week course is the ultimate way to actually get the skills”.


M.A.E.S. Therapy  – a new and different approach to the treatment and management of children with Cerebral Palsy and similar neurodevelopmental conditions.