Comments from Therapists:
2-Day Introduction Course, MAES Therapy
“I learnt more about CP and how to treat it. MAES is a different approach that can give new ideas on how to treat children I meet in my workday. A good course to participate in to get a new perspective on treating neurological disorders.”
Torunn Grimstad Physiotherapist
Bodø, Norway 2017
“Interesting new approach which I would like to try in treatment of children with CP. I would recommend this course to my colleagues.”
Randi Høyem, Physiotherapist
“Very good pedagogic explanations. Thank you for explaining your clinical reasoning and your good explanations. I really liked the high focus on variety and exploration and the principles of asymmetry. MAES Therapy is very practical, Understandable and I can use the things directly in my practice. Makes me motivated to trying to be a better therapist.”
Kjertsti Lunde, Physiotherapist
“I would advise my colleagues to go for this workshop on ‘MAES’. From the Demonstrations, It can work wonders.”
Dr. Fatima Pathan Physiotherapist,
Mumbai, India 2015
“I see quite a few children with Cerebral Palsy in my daily practice. I find the MAES Approach to be a good way to structure of the clinical reasoning and it fits in with practice in many ways, as well as taking into account the sensory and regulation processing problems. A good introduction to the MAES Approach.”
Heidi E Fløtten, Physiotherapist
Bodø, Norway 2017
‘A good mix of videos, live demonstrations and theory. Good build up of knowledge through the 2 days. It has taken me back to the principles and the importance of analysis and taking the time to break this down. To really examine movement skills and look to offer the right tasks / approach to allow children to move forward. Come on the course and be prepared to have a new outlook.’
Clinical Lead Paediatric Orthopaedic Physiotherapist
“Thank you for coming to Somerset to run the course. MAES opens your eyes to another way of working and you come away with a framework to explore. Revolutionizes how you see a child and fits in well with OT methodology.”
Amy Blake OT
“A very good introduction to the MAES Framework; very useful as a stand alone 2 days, not just an advert for the full 4-Weeks course.”
‘The MAES Course is beneficial for feeling empowered to use the new synergies and ideas, to be creative about treatment. To be able to use OT skills in treating CP (task analysis, Sensory processing, Play as therapy etc.) feeling positive about the role of OT in early years.’
Chris Barnard, Occupational Therapist
“I enjoyed the great method demonstrated, the good contact, the respect for the child and the necessity of motivation and engagement. The course has greatly influenced my understanding and approach to Cerebral Palsy and it will make me look at it from a new perspective, I don’t want to just exercise skills.
Please spread the course – excellent, interesting, motivating and inspiring!”
Ann Iren Kårtveit, Physiotherapist
‘MAES is very interesting and very different to any previous approach to Cerebral Palsy. I really like the MAES Approach and am keen to explore further.
Great to have something new in the approach to Cerebral Palsy and exciting to be encouraged to think differently. After two days, I wish I knew more and I would like to be able to practice similar handling skills.’
Wiz Chilton, Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist
‘The MAES Framework has changed my perception and how I would begin to undertake what a child maybe struggling with. I can see how the MAES Approach works and am excited to know more about how to use it.
The course has influenced my understanding and approach to Cerebral Palsy by making me think about the difficulty being brain based and not about what we see in the body. The MAES Approach is so routed in OT principles.’
Charlotte Owens, Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist
Somerset, UK 2017
“An excellent course, with a very good teacher and with a lot of practical demonstrations and opportunities to practice movement analysis and clinical reasoning. My warm recommendations to other therapists.”
Rita Jonassen, Physiotherapist
‘Really good introduction to MAES but not enough to change therapy – need the four week course.
The course content was a good mix of theory and practical. Demonstrations are always good to back up the theory. Liked the open forum to ask questions. Really interesting introduction to MAES, but understand that it would take the four weeks course to be able to have skills to use.
Regarding my understanding of and approach to Cerebral Palsy, the MAES concept makes more sense and makes it more realistic. It is a more progressive pathway.’
Sam Reeve, Physiotherapist
“MAES gives you a better understanding of why children with CP have an ‘atypical’ development and how to reduce this with giving the child more choices and variation in movement.
I think that it is the right way to go for further treatment of children with CP.”
Marianne Hustad Specialist Physiotherapist
Bodø, Norway 2017
“The MAES Introduction Course was interesting, inspiring, with a great teacher who was open for questions and discussion, good in explaining different ways to make it understandable.
MAES really meets the way I think of the children, treatment and what is important. Brain and body (the whole child), variation, no fixed goals, motivation and the way to analyse: task: skill, treatment ideas and motivation. The MAES Framework is a great tool that can be used in different environments. A more systematic way to analyse.”
Gyda Bjørgo Larsen Physiotherapist
Bodø, Norway 2017
“I think it is a really good concept. This MAES Introductory Course has already changed and improved my thinking and my approach. I can see that I am not going to be able to become proficient without more understanding and practice but I am already thinking of CP in different ways and can’t help but use my hands and ‘unpack’ the children on my caseload in a very different way.
I am looking forward to the full 4-Week Course to learn more, gain deeper skills of movement analysis and applying a range of new treatment strategies for the different classifications.”
Ali Martin, Children’s Physiotherapist
Somerset, UK 2017
‘I was hoping to have an introduction to MAES and this 2-day course has given me that and more and it is making me want to explore more. I like the fact that the MAES Therapy Framework and Approach is so individualised. It has made me aware of my own need to analyse further.
I advise fellow OT’s to take the opportunity everything to do this course, it would broaden your thinking and question your current practice.’
Sue Chapman, Occupational Therapist
“I had been recommended by my colleagues to attend this MAES Course and they had previously met Jean-Pierre on a Bobath course and found him to be a very good trainer. I was therefore surprised to find that MAES is a completely different way of thinking to Bobath. It shows me how ‘stuck’ my mind has become in how I view CP and the difficulties children have. Now I feel that I can start to consider what components are ‘missing’. I can now start to deconstruct the previous thought process I had and start to re-building, using the MAES Framework.
I really enjoyed having my mind expanded and opened to the idea of a different way of assessing and treating children with CP. Very thought provoking and mind blowing.”
Harriet Hughes, Paediatric Physiotherapist
“I enjoyed the opening of a new approach and a new way of thinking about how CP presents over time; why children develop ‘abnormal patterns’ and their sense of anticipation, how this affects a child’s response and how reducing it can be useful in therapy. The MAES Framework will be helpful in both analysing where the child is, but where to start.”
Thank you for an excellent introduction course. I’ve learnt so much.”
Children’s Occupational Therapist
“The course exceeded my expectations; it’s a very different and refreshing way of thinking, observing, assessing and treating children. The visual MAES Therapy Framework of matching skills to activity demands is excellent for me to understand, but also to use with parents to support their understanding. It is very client centered.”
“It is a very practical approach and will help ensure other underlying difficulties are identified and treatment then based on this. Very accessible when explaining goals to families – the visual of the MAES Therapy Framework works well.”
“I was expecting a traditional Physio approach; however, the course, the MAES Approach is far more holistic and reflected many of the concepts of OT. It was great to see this applied in a specialised way.
I will now enter assessments with less focus on the presenting symptoms and correcting these, but instead will look in-depth at how the whole body is moving, the activity demands and work towards achieving quality performance of skills with varied, dynamic movement patterns.”
Children’s Occupational Therapist , Bristol