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Simon Thompson
Simon Thompson
21:41 01 Dec 20
To parents of children with CP we would like to share our experience of MAES Therapy with you.Our twins were born 10 weeks premature. At 6 weeks old we were taken into a little room in NICU and told our son had bilateral PVL. This is one the hardest things as a parent you will have to hear. We were told that he would have cerebral palsy, that his future was uncertain as the spectrum was vast but that early intervention is critical. It's at this point that we started to do lots of research, searching for the support to unleash his potential, to give him the best quality of life.For those parents in the same situation as us, you will understand the thought processes of wanting to try anything which you think will help. And then once you have tried it, not wanting to stop in case it is that approach that would make him reach his full potential. That was us.Whilst we had support from the NHS, we knew they followed a very rigid approach to dealing with these cases. We also knew that we wanted to try alternative forms of therapy. We had a few different private physios and one of those introduced us to MAES Therapy. Since then we have been having at least one session a week. When possible we increase these and also put our son through intensive week courses. We also try to do what we can at home but obviously not being a trained physio we were not entirely sure what to do.This for me is where MAES has really helped us. Jean-Pierre and his team bring you into the session. They talk you through what they are doing and more importantly why they are doing it. They set the goals and you can monitor the progress. This has been truly invaluable. The time we have at home now is much more focused. We understand it's not about just trying to get our son walking, that there is much more he needs to achieve which has given us more understanding of his challenges. We now introduce therapy into everyday activities that previously without MAES we wouldn't have been able to do. With the MAES teams' support we have seen clear progress in our sons development often in areas we hadn't even considered. He is able to move better and he also now has a better understanding of why he needs to do it and his surrounding environment. This is critical to his quality of life.Even during lockdown, MAES Therapy has continued to support us via Zoom calls. What's great is at the end of the session we play back parts of what's just happened and discuss what we can work on before the next sessions which has really helped us.We can't put into words how grateful we are for MAES supporting us. They have played a massive part in our sons progress so we will continue to use them and trust that they will help our son reach his full potential.Simon Thompson
Lisa Waters
Lisa Waters
15:02 03 Nov 20
During a prolonged and traumatic birth, our daughter suffered oxygen deprivation to her brain due to medical negligence. She was born without a heartbeat, had to be resuscitated, and underwent 72 hours of brain cooling at a children's hospital. Her MRI showed a minimal amount of injury to her basal ganglia, and we were assured by top neonatologists that she would have no lasting effects from her birth injury. Unfortunately, this turned out not to be the case at all, and she was diagnosed with dystonic cerebral palsy affecting all four limbs when she was 1 year old.I was feeling rather hopeless about this situation, as she will be 3 years old soon, is nonverbal, and has no motor skills except for rolling. However, one day I stumbled upon an online post from another mother whose child has dystonic CP, and in it she stated that MAES therapy was the only therapy that had really helped her son. I had never heard of MAES therapy before, but after a little investigation, I soon discovered that there was a MAES therapy clinic in London. This presented a slight problem, as we are located in the United States, it's 2020, and there is no international travel allowed during the pandemic. But, after a consultation with Jean-Pierre, he agreed to try virtual MAES therapy sessions with us.We've been participating in virtual one-on-one MAES therapy sessions with Jean-Pierre since September using Zoom, and I can honestly say it's the first time I've felt hopeful about my daughter's future in quite some time. We’ve had no issues with connectivity, and it feels like Jean-Pierre is in our living room rather than thousands of miles away.MAES therapy is much more than traditional PT/OT/Speech therapies—it's a set of principles, strategies, and exercises that we have been able to incorporate into daily life with our daughter. Jean-Pierre has explained how we need to focus on helping our daughter to reduce her learned, compensatory, and atypical movement patterns and development and to replace them with new and more functional movements and development. He has also taught us about the importance of expanding our daughter's cognitive skill-set and how to help her engage in play at a level that is age-appropriate. In addition, he has given us practical, tangible ways to manage emotional and behavioral issues related to her birth injury. Importantly, explains complex concepts in a very accessible and easy-to-understand way.Over these past several weeks, we have seen an improvement in our daughter’s behavior and in her ability to play, as well as a reduction in some of her atypical movements. We plan to continue MAES therapy for as long as we can, and are very excited about its potential to enhance our daughter’s quality of life for years to come.c
Lisa Waters
Lisa Waters
14:39 30 Oct 20
During a prolonged and traumatic birth, our daughter suffered oxygen deprivation to her brain due to medical negligence. She was born without a heartbeat, had to be resuscitated, and underwent 72 hours of brain cooling at a children's hospital. Her MRI showed a minimal amount of injury to her basal ganglia, and we were assured by top neonatologists that she would have no lasting effects from her birth injury. Unfortunately, this turned out not to be the case at all, and she was diagnosed with dystonic cerebral palsy affecting all four limbs when she was 1 year old.I was feeling rather hopeless about this situation, as she will be 3 years old soon, is nonverbal, and has no motor skills except for rolling. However, one day I stumbled upon an online post from another mother whose child has dystonic CP, and in it she stated that MAES therapy was the only therapy that had really helped her son. I had never heard of MAES therapy before, but after a little investigation, I soon discovered that there was a MAES therapy clinic in London. This presented a slight problem, as we are located in the United States, it's 2020, and there is no international travel allowed during the pandemic. But, after a consultation with Jean-Pierre, he agreed to try virtual MAES therapy sessions with us.We've been participating in virtual one-on-one MAES therapy sessions with Jean-Pierre since September using Zoom, and I can honestly say it's the first time I've felt hopeful about my daughter's future in quite some time. We’ve had no issues with connectivity, and it feels like Jean-Pierre is in our living room rather than thousands of miles away.MAES therapy is much more than traditional PT/OT/Speech therapies—it's a set of principles and exercises that we have been able to incorporate into daily life with our daughter. Jean-Pierre has explained how we need to focus on helping our daughter to reduce her learned, compensatory, and atypical movement patterns and development and to replace them with new and more functional movements and development. He has also taught us about the importance of expanding our daughter's cognitive skill-set and how to help her engage in play at a level that is age-appropriate. In addition, he has given us practical, tangible ways to manage emotional and behavioral issues related to her birth injury. Over these past several weeks, we have seen an improvement in our daughter’s behavior and in her ability to play, as well as a reduction in some of her atypical movements. We plan to continue MAES therapy for as long as we can, and are very excited about its potential to enhance our daughter’s quality of life for years to come.
Julianne Barnard
Julianne Barnard
14:17 15 Aug 20
Maes therapy has worked really well for our son Tom, who is hemiplegic. He is encouraged to understand the movements and be mentally present throughout the therapy session. This means he can talk about it after and think about his movements, taking account of what he has learnt. We worked remotely with Anais during lockdown and I found it very useful to have a better understanding of the therapy and how Tom’s body will resist some movements but through careful therapy Tom can learn new movements that enable him to move more easily.
Anita Barry
Anita Barry
10:03 10 Jul 20
Remote Treatment Sessions with MAES Therapy.I have found these sessions to be very effective.My son Xavi has continued to make progress over lockdown; he now walks with his right heel down, and, more recently, his right arm is increasingly straight.The sessions have also been extremely helpful in broadening my understanding of the MAES Approach, and the specific needs that Xavi has, both with movement and play. Joanna has been excellent in guiding me in all aspects of each session.I feel that if we had not been able to continue with therapy over the last three months Xavi would be in a very different position, so a huge thank you both! The MAES Approach continues to amaze me as I can see the quality of Xavi's movements keep improving.Best,Anita
Anais Dumon
Anais Dumon
11:02 05 Nov 19
The M.A.E.S. Therapy Course exceeded my expectations and was by far the best learning experience I ever had. The course is an aMAESing opportunity to broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of Cerebral Palsy to the smallest details. It made me understand how I can treat on a higher level by focusing on how the child’s brain is coordinating the body, instead of focusing solely on the child’s physical and secondary symptoms. The approach has taught me to observe and analyse from a different perspective and to look at CP in a holistic way. The course provides a brilliant framework and is multifaceted as it includes live demonstrations, workshops, analyzing videos, having group discussions and theoretical lessons. I really enjoyed the course and gained so much. I highly recommend M.A.E.S. Therapy to every therapist who wants to go deeper into the treatment of Cerebral Palsy.Anaïs Dumon, Neurodevelopmental Physiotherapist, Antwerp, Belgium
Nicki Dain
Nicki Dain
10:33 01 Oct 19
I have just completed the MAES therapy course and I have learned so much! It was absolutely brilliant. The course completely exceeded my expectations and has given me a whole new load of therapy tools to use in my practise. I honestly can't recommend the approach enough. Thank you MAES team!
Charlotte Reid
Charlotte Reid
21:11 12 Jun 19
My son has dystonic cp from a full term birth injury.We were told to wait and see how he would develop but from day one, I knew that things weren’t right. In NICU, I struggled to get breastfeeding going as his head pulled to one side and he struggled to latch. At 2 months, he was pushing back and arching constantly. His lips were often pursed with his tongue thrusting out and he had tremors in his arms. Also breastfeeding had become incredibly difficult - I was having to sit him facing me with his neck craned back so that he was looking upwards to feed. He would also often cough and choke when feeding.We got a ‘diagnosis’ of emerging cp at about 4 months. My son’s arms and legs were becoming increasingly stiff at this point. Nobody could give us any answers as to the type of cp or severity - just more waiting and seeing.It seemed to me that we were looking at the severe end of the spectrum from my son’s state at only 4 months old. This also seemed to be in line with his MRI which had showed “acute profound hypoxia”. If this was the case, I knew from contact with other parents with children with full term birth injuries that we would likely be facing a non-verbal and non-mobile child.At this point, I felt utterly lost and anxious for my son’s future. I decided that there had to be somebody out there that could help my son. So I phoned every therapy that I knew of in the UK that related to cp. Out of 12 calls that day, only one person made any sense to me - Jean-Pierre Maes.He spoke to me about my son’s brain - he explained that his therapy would target the underlying cause of my son’s difficulties (his brain) rather than focus on his symptoms. He explained that his therapy would use movement so that the brain would make connections through the damaged areas. This would therefore reduce atypical movement. And these connections would need constant upgrading as my son developed physically and cognitively to achieve long term maximum functionality. Essentially, neuroplasticity at its best. I instantly knew from just this short conversation that I had found someone that was technically brilliant. Whereas other professionals in this field couldn’t answer my questions, Jean-Pierre could answer every single one - and in detail. A week later we started MAES therapy.This decision has paid off hugely. We see no involuntary movement typically seen with dyskinesia and we don’t see our son getting ‘stuck’ as often seen in dystonic children.At 16 months, my son does not extend/arch; has no stiffness in his limbs; eats most solid food; makes sounds in most positions when exhaling (ie he can coordinate his breathing); can roll across the floor; can put his feet in his mouth; takes no medication; and needs no equipment. And he has recently started sitting independently for short periods in a quality way. Overall though, the main thing for us is that our son is making quality improvements all the time.I often feel that non MAES therapists do not believe there is a credible treatment option with dystonic cp besides drugs. My son is a testament to the opposite.Also, because MAES therapy targets the injury to my son’s brain rather than dealing with his symptoms, as our son progresses, all areas that he has difficulty with as a result of his cp (movement, speech, respiration and eating) all improve together. This is crucial to us as it means that we are not overwhelmed with medical appointments - we have it all at MAES.I personally cannot recommend MAES therapy highly enough. Whilst many therapies remain stuck in traditional teachings and may exacerbate symptoms, the MAES approach is innovative, visionary and effective.On a personal level, I will never be able to express my heartfelt gratitude to Jean-Pierre, Ellie, Zorana and the team. They are giving my son a chance at having a good quality of life. I don’t know exactly where he will end up but I believe that MAES is giving him the best possible outcome. I sincerely believe MAES therapy is the future for children with cp.
Charlotte Reid
Charlotte Reid
21:11 12 Jun 19
My son has dystonic cp from a full term birth injury.We were told to wait and see how he would develop but from day one, I knew that things weren’t right. In NICU, I struggled to get breastfeeding going as his head pulled to one side and he struggled to latch. At 2 months, he was pushing back and arching constantly. His lips were often pursed with his tongue thrusting out and he had tremors in his arms. Also breastfeeding had become incredibly difficult - I was having to sit him facing me with his neck craned back so that he was looking upwards to feed. He would also often cough and choke when feeding.We got a ‘diagnosis’ of emerging cp at about 4 months. My son’s arms and legs were becoming increasingly stiff at this point. Nobody could give us any answers as to the type of cp or severity - just more waiting and seeing.It seemed to me that we were looking at the severe end of the spectrum from my son’s state at only 4 months old. This also seemed to be in line with his MRI which had showed “acute profound hypoxia”. If this was the case, I knew from contact with other parents with children with full term birth injuries that we would likely be facing a non-verbal and non-mobile child.At this point, I felt utterly lost and anxious for my son’s future. I decided that there had to be somebody out there that could help my son. So I phoned every therapy that I knew of in the UK that related to cp. Out of 12 calls that day, only one person made any sense to me - Jean-Pierre Maes.He spoke to me about my son’s brain - he explained that his therapy would target the underlying cause of my son’s difficulties (his brain) rather than focus on his symptoms. He explained that his therapy would use movement so that the brain would make connections through the damaged areas. This would therefore reduce atypical movement. And these connections would need constant upgrading as my son developed physically and cognitively to achieve long term maximum functionality. Essentially, neuroplasticity at its best. I instantly knew from just this short conversation that I had found someone that was technically brilliant. Whereas other professionals in this field couldn’t answer my questions, Jean-Pierre could answer every single one - and in detail. A week later we started MAES therapy.This decision has paid off hugely. We see no involuntary movement typically seen with dyskinesia and we don’t see our son getting ‘stuck’ as often seen in dystonic children.At 16 months, my son does not extend/arch; has no stiffness in his limbs; eats most solid food; makes sounds in most positions when exhaling (ie he can coordinate his breathing); can roll across the floor; can put his feet in his mouth; takes no medication; and needs no equipment. And he has recently started sitting independently for short periods in a quality way. Overall though, the main thing for us is that our son is making quality improvements all the time.I often feel that non MAES therapists do not believe there is a credible treatment option with dystonic cp besides drugs. My son is a testament to the opposite.Also, because MAES therapy targets the injury to my son’s brain rather than dealing with his symptoms, as our son progresses, all areas that he has difficulty with as a result of his cp (movement, speech, respiration and eating) all improve together. This is crucial to us as it means that we are not overwhelmed with medical appointments - we have it all at MAES.I personally cannot recommend MAES therapy highly enough. Whilst many therapies remain stuck in traditional teachings and may exacerbate symptoms, the MAES approach is innovative, visionary and effective.On a personal level, I will never be able to express my heartfelt gratitude to Jean-Pierre, Ellie, Zorana and the team. They are giving my son a chance at having a good quality of life. I don’t know exactly where he will end up but I believe that MAES is giving him the best possible outcome. I sincerely believe MAES therapy is the future for children with cp.
Hannah Head
Hannah Head
20:29 03 Feb 19
We feel lucky to have found Maes therapy as it has been very difficult finding good quality therapy for our daughter which is not the prescriptive traditional approach. I myself am a physiotherapist (although in a different speciality) and it has been reassuring for me to have expert therapists within their field treating my daughter. I can follow the principles they are applying into my everyday care of my daughter rather than just setting aside a 'therapy' time each day.
Tandi Kolbe
Tandi Kolbe
08:08 19 Jan 19
Recently Evie volunteered on a MAES training course held by Jean-Pierre in Johannesburg, and after attending a parents training presentation given by Jean-Pierre, I now understand why Evie made such significant improvements following her physiotherapist completing a MAES course. From being completely immobile, with regular MAES therapy, Evie started moving all her limbs, and she is now demonstrating a lot more head control. She loves movement, and with MAES she is gaining the awareness and the self-confidence to move. Even though Evie is unable to talk, Jean-Pierre is able to communicate with Evie, and discern her ability, and her potential. Watching their engagement left me teary eyed, and full of hope. “Evie has cognitive ability far greater than what we see. Do not limit her. If you do everything for her, she will not learn to move.” This advice has changed how I parent Evie; from picking her up, to playing with her, to getting her ready for bath time, and even feeding her. I talk to her knowing that she understands far more than what I ever imagined. Thank you Jean-Pierre for not only giving Evie more confidence to move, but for helping me to let go of trying to do everything for her. I can see Evie continuing MAES for a very long time, and with the most genuine an appreciative heart, my hope is that many children like Evie get the incredible opportunity to work with Jean-Pierre who truly sees and understands them.
Beth Plummer
Beth Plummer
21:00 05 Dec 18
When I was told my son had a brain injury I felt frightened and lost. The nhs offered limited physio with lots of repetitive, generic exercises. The MAES team offer regular personalised movement therapy which has allowed my son to discover and become creative and confident with his movement. Catia and JP have taken time to understand him: his areas for development; what motivates him. They have also been a huge support for me and I am no longer afraid - I am excited!
Bev Chambers
Bev Chambers
21:02 30 Nov 18
It has been fascinating watching the transformation in Jess's body over the past eight months since beginning MAES therapy. We have been given a new perspective on, and a different approach to, cerebral palsy - which has allowed a freedom not just physically but cognitively and emotionally too. The balance that Jess is finding between caution and courage is freeing a sense of risk-taking we haven't seen for years. Thank you all!!Jess's words...MAES has given me a fundamental understanding of where I am in space and a much needed sense of stability in a world where cerebral palsy often makes me feel unstable and disconnected. I am learning so much about my body and how it interacts with the environments around me, and this holistic approach is allowing me to achieve much more than previous therapies. It offers me a safe space in which to explore and push boundaries, which means I can meet outcomes as a by-product of larger work rather than them being the main focus. Thank you Jean Pierre, Ellie and the team!
Helen Kilby
Helen Kilby
09:49 29 Aug 18
Impressed with the concept and framework as well as the approach and enthusiasm of the team
perpetual curving
perpetual curving
18:11 11 Aug 18
My three year old, who has Down's Syndrome has made fantastic progress since his MAES therapy with Ellie. We've seen a massive improvement with his co-ordination and balance and fine motor skills, but also his motivation to communicate and sign with us. He's a much happier little boy now.
Nikki Kennedy
Nikki Kennedy
13:44 27 Apr 18
MAES Therapy and its team provide specialist physiotherapy for children and babies with movement and coordination presentations, including cerebral palsy. Their in-depth knowledge and analytical skills enable them to provide high quality, individualised therapy and advice for children and their families. MAES therapy is far in advance of other approaches in this field and provide a range of courses for healthcare professionals. If you have a child with cerebral palsy or you are a therapist looking for a deeper understanding of children with movement disorders then this is the place for you.
Portia Webb
Portia Webb
21:07 05 Apr 18
I cannot recommend MAES therapy highly enough. We came across it when our daughter had just been diagnosed with CP at 10 months old. My husband and I actually initially set out to find a private physio to top up our NHS support, and accidentally came across MAES therapy. Not knowing what it was we decided to just give it a try (it is not widely known about in the UK yet - although that is changing fast) and after just the first session we were hooked. It was the first time that someone had actually taken a true holistic approach to assessing and treating our daughter - explaining not just her physical difficulties but also the impact on her psychological and cognitive traits, and how these pieces all fitted together. The MAES's approach is about working within your child's capabilities in order to help them progress and widen their movement repertoire. My child has made such significant progress in the last 8 months and as a parent I feel equipped from the sessions to apply the MAES approach at home. It takes understanding, persistence and commitment but the results are so worth it.
Charlotte Jarman
Charlotte Jarman
09:47 13 Mar 18
For me, the wonderful thing about MAES Therapy is how it is tailored specifically to the needs of each child. This is not a one-size-fits-all approach, and it looks very different to any other kind of physiotherapy I have seen before. Jean Pierre and Ellie and the rest of the MAES team are totally committed to improving outcomes for each child that they see, and they start by identifying the specific challenges that your child faces. They then develop ways to help your child address those challenges, with a big emphasis on what we as parents can do at home. JP and Ellie also have a wonderful way with children, and make the sessions fun (as well as challenging, in a good way!). I would highly recommend MAES Therapy to any parents of a child with a neurodevelopmental condition.
Ben Zammit
Ben Zammit
21:38 06 Mar 18
The MAES team's depth of knowledge of cerebral palsy and their dedication to improving their skills and understanding makes this place a center of excellence. You can expect an extremely high quality service and some great outcomes, (including a better ability to interpret your child's movement and behaviour) if you choose to work with MAES therapy. Would definitely recommend investigating this clinic if you have a child with cerebral palsy.
Beatriz Zerolo
Beatriz Zerolo
14:51 13 Feb 18
“MAES Therapy is for our family something magic, mainly because it gives what many other therapists don’t. It is also magic because it keeps all the family happy, not only our daughter but also her brothers and parents. It shows you specifically the way things can be improved and you get a clear idea of where you are with your child and what you can do to improve. Also what you can expect from the child, which is key for me in order not to ask her too much.Not only has our daughter improved more than we thought possible, and as her mother I get confidence to treat her in the right way, helping her to become independent and to make her own effort to improve (with help when needed).I highly recommend the MAES Therapy Approach and in fact this is what I say when I am asked about how my daughter is doing so well”
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