‘Movement Analysis & Education Strategies for the Treatment of Children with Cerebral Palsy and similar neuro-developmental conditions’
A specialist Post-Graduate course designed 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 increased knowledge and expert clinical skills.
“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.”
Part 1: 28 August – 8 September 2017
Part 2: 2 – 13 October 2017
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: X-Change Hall, Rosebank Union Church, Sandton, Johannesburg
South African Rands
Early Bird: R 27,000 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 May 2017 (Full Payment by 31 May)
Late Registration full amount is due by 31 July 2017
5% Discount for any two work colleagues that register together.
A new and pioneering 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.
Develop creative thinking
Learn to treat dynamically
Gain new ways to inform and guide parents
Acquire new observation and analytical skills
Develop an extensive repertoire of new treatment strategies
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.
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.
“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
“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
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 and a regular Course Leader, leading a variety of Basic and Advanced courses.
He has since moved on and now teaches the pioneering MAES THERAPY Courses.
For over 25 years he has been teaching and treating in different cultures worldwide (over 35 countries), giving him unparalleled experience and insight into neuro-paediatrics and movement disorders.
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.
Local Organiser: Shane Brassell, PT E: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information and for an Application Form,
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Jonathan Salsbury at MAES Therapy International E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.).
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.
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:
“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, NDT-Bobath Therapist, UK
“I would recommend the MAES Therapy Course to all therapists.”
Mihaela Grubišić, 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
“As a paediatric physiotherapist who specialises in working with children with movement and coordination difficulties, I am always focused on seeking out appropriate courses to further my professional development. 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 course gave me a valuable opportunity to train alongside paediatricians, physiotherapists and occupational therapists in order to achieve a common goal, a holistic approach and individualised approach specifically relevant for each child.
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.
I enjoyed all the Practical Sessions with a variety of children to practise the skills we have learnt. The Workshops were very helpful to talk through and watch options available for treatment and also helpful was understanding what was lacking or overused by the child and what we were working on.
The MAES Therapy Framework allows for a very specific, individualised approach to therapy. It does not rely on normal development and that has helped my understanding on how to focus treatment for each child without focussing on traditional milestone achievements. It has been a very positive step forward for me in therapy and also in life!
Each child has individual needs, skills and limitations and therefore needs a very individual approach – MAES Therapy has enabled me to see that and to start to apply it, with gaining skills as the key for each child!”
Anita Hains, Physiotherapist, NDT-Bobath Therapist, 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
See more comments on the MAES THERAPY website.