1st M.A.E.S. Course in Greece !
Movement Analysis & Education Strategies
for the Treatment of Children with Cerebral Palsy and similar neuro-developmental conditions’
A specialist course for Paediatric Therapists (PT,OT,SLT) who want to gain new insights, increased knowledge and develop their clinical reasoning and treatment skills for children with Cerebral Palsy and similar neurodevelopmental conditions.
- Gain new knowledge
- Learn to treat dynamically
- Develop creative thinking
- Gain new ways to inform and guide parents
- Acquire new observation and analytical skills
- Develop an extensive repertoire of new treatment strategies
Become an Expert: 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 Cerebral Palsy.
Therapists and Doctors recommend this Course – M.A.E.S. Therapy is new and pioneering approach to the treatment and management of children with CP.
“M.A.E.S. Therapy is a completely different way of thinking and approach to treatment, compared to Bobath-NDT”.
Part 1: 07 – 18 September 2020
Part 2: 05 – 16 October 2020
Week 1 07-11 September
Week 2 14- 18 September
Week 3 5-9 October
Week 4 12-16 October
Length of Course: 4-Week ( 20 Days) Postgraduate course, in two parts of two weeks.
Each week is 5 Days, Monday to Friday.
It is very helpful for Participants to make arrangements to use the period between Part 1 and Part 2 to put into practice the knowledge and skills gained in Part 1, before returning for Part 2.
Venue: To be advised. Larissa, Thessaly Region, Greece
Course Fee: € To be advised.
Konstantinos Chandolias PT, NDT, Msc
T : 0 30 694 7476006
Course Lead by Jean-Pierre Maes and M.A.E.S. Team
Jean-Pierre Maes MCSP, Consultant Neurodevelopmental Physiotherapist
Director M.A.E.S. Therapy International
Jean-Pierre is an expert in the field of Cerebral Palsy and similar neuro-developmental conditions, with over 30 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 leading a variety of Basic and Advanced courses. He was a Senior NDT- Bobath Tutor – one of the most experienced and influential international Senior Tutors and regular Course Leaders.
However, Jean-Pierre wanted to progress and improve the treatment of children further and so he decided to leave NDT-Bobath and now practices and teaches the pioneering M.A.E.S. Therapy Approach.
Due to demand, he now leads M.A.E.S. Courses world-wide, teaching the advanced MAES Therapy Approach for paediatric therapists who want to specialise, or to further specialise, in the treatment of children with CP and similar neurodevelopmental conditions and who want to gain deeper knowledge and expert clinical skills.
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 cerebral palsy physiotherapy course, as well as to very experienced therapists who have already taken several specialist courses (e.g. Conductive Education, Vojta, NDT-Bobath, Sensory Integration, etc.).
Presented at post-graduate level, this certified CP paediatrics 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.
Unique of its kind, this neurodevelopmental course has a strong emphasis on high-level observation, analysis and clinical skills. There is 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.
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.
Development of clinical skills:
Throughout the 4 weeks Therapists will have:
30 x Practical Sessions with 1 child being treated by 2 or 3 therapists.
Therapists generally work in pairs with 1 child at a time and throughout the course they have a variety of children with different presentations of Cerebral Palsy.
30 x Treatment Workshops ( Therapists’ live Case Presentations )
There will be a total of between 25 – 30 different children with Cerebral Palsy to treat during the 4 weeks, allowing a high level of supervised practical sessions, allowing participants to link theory into practice and become expert in analysis and handling.
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 successfully completed the M.A.E.S. 4-Week Course :
“This is the course that I would really like 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.”
“The M.A.E.S. Course has helped me in a deeper understanding of Cerebral Palsy, especially concerning the premature babies. The M.A.E.S. Therapy Framework is the most useful framework I have studied so far. It has shown me in great depth how we as therapists actually can make a child become what we believe that child can be when he/she grows up. Highly recommended.”
Chrysoula Moscholouri, Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist
“Jean-Pierre is an excellent, very professional teacher.
The M.A.E.S. Therapy Framework helped to understand how task analysis and quality of movement relates to skills required and in this way, develop individualized treatment strategies for the greater benefit of our patients. Highly recommended.”
Apostolos Arampatzis, Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist
“Don’t stick to what you are used to do, previous success must not prevent you from seeing and learning more. A high expectation course for therapists with much experience or not. The M.A.E.S. Therapy Framework helps you to organise; first of all, yourself and your mind and then your therapy. At the beginning it is difficult to start using, not because the framework is difficult, but because you as a therapist don’t want to accept that you didn’t go so deep before. So after Week 3, when you are ‘in’ to the new approach and understanding the different pathologies of the child, you can put it in action. It was a successful course for me to take.”
Konstantinos Chandolias Msc, Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist
“The M.A.E.S. Course was really helpful with the assessment of Cerebral Palsy. It simplified many things about these difficult neurological conditions and helps me with my assessment and approach.
The M.A.E.S. Therapy Approach to children with CP helped me to also see how to treat adults in a different way.”
Aggeliki Akrivou, Senior Physiotherapist
“I think that M.A.E.S. Therapy is fascinating. It helps me see Cerebral Palsy with different eyes than before. I totally recommend this course for all physiotherapist that are working with children.
I found very useful that sensory problems and symptoms/problems of CP merged together in my head and now I can understand them as a whole.
The M.A.E.S. Therapy Framework is really interesting. It will help and assist me in my future treatment; I really like it and from now on I cannot work as I used to. My patients will benefit. Thank you.”
Georgios Dimitriou, Physiotherapist
“The M.A.E.S. Foundation Course has provided the most detailed and comprehensive teaching on cerebral palsy of any course, or ‘on the job’ training I have ever received. It has changed my understanding of children’s presentations and has provided clear information on why we should view CP from the brain perspective, rather than take secondary effects of the brain lesion as a starting point in therapy.
Lectures practical sessions and workshops have complimented one another to broaden our knowledge and help us think clearly and logically when analysing and treating children with cerebral palsy. The organisation and teaching on the M.A.E.S Course have been fantastic. I strongly recommend this course to all paediatric Therapists treating children with neurodevelopmental conditions.”
Lauren Twin, Highly Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist
NHS Essex, UK
“I would recommend this M.A.E.S. Course to any therapist who feels there is something missing in what they do. I have learnt more on this course then I ever expected to. I am now a different and more effective therapist. I felt something was missing in my treatment approach and this course has filled that gap. All therapists should complete this course and none would regret it.”
Chris Taylor, NHS Community Paediatric Physiotherapist
“The content and flow of the course was excellent, giving me the chance to understand the importance of looking at the child holistically, to understand why they move in the way they do and to link psychology behind their movements. Using the M.A.E.S. Framework, I will be able to understand my patients deeply, identifying the skills they are missing or they are over relying upon. The M.A.E.S Course gives Therapists new insights to stop treating symptomatically and to find the real cause of the problem and to start looking from the child’s perspective. It’s time to start thinking out-of-the-box!”
Christina Zapantioti, Paediatric Physiotherapist
“This course is by far the best learning experience I have ever had. I never expected to learn this much. I have a totally new and much more or in understanding cerebral palsy and how this impacts on children in and holistic way. It has also given a very detailed framework to analyse children with CP and how to then provide a very individualised treatment approach.
I now understand why I need to approach children with CP in different ways, depending upon the lesion in the brain.
The tutors have all been excellent and are very supportive, especially if you are finding something challenging. If someone has the chance to attend this course, then they should. This M.A.E.S. Course is really good value for money for all that you get in return, as well as the ongoing support your provided with. Highly recommended ! “
Hannah Westwood, Highly Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist
NHS Essex, UK
“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.
Davis, Senior Physiotherapist, NDT-Bobath Therapist, London, UK
“My understanding and approach to children with CP has changed for the better. Rather than seeing specific problems with, for example, muscles, movements, ‘spasticity’, I now have a better understanding of these as ‘symptoms’ and that therapy focus needs to be on the fact that the brain is the problem and therefore understanding how this affects the child and their movements is essential.
I enjoyed the small group and I enjoyed the video analyses as it gave more examples then we could have had from just our practical sessions and workshops and they also illustrated MAES Therapy in action and how to progress.
I would highly recommend this course to all of my colleagues, including OTs.
This course will be a complete turn around point in any therapist’s career, whether they are very experienced or more recently starting to work with children with CP. It makes you think and understand CP from the brain rather than looking at symptoms of only and as a therapist you’ll be up to progress your Child’s potential more.
You will also understand the importance of play and using toys as part of your therapy. It is amazing how much you can learn and change as a therapist in four weeks!
I am very excited to continue working with children with CP following this course.”
Michelle Jordan , Senior Physiotherapist, Surrey, UK
“I have found the M.A.E.S. THERAPY Course to be very helpful and was thrilled by the way that it encompasses the principles of embodiment (embodied cognition) and principles of learning, MAES 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.”
Tina Bregant, MD, PhD, Paediatrician
Ljubljana, Slovenia, Europe
“The MAES 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.”
Beth Campos, Speech & Language Therapist, NDT-Bobath Tutor, Brazil
“ 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. Zagreb, Croatia