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MAES Therapy Course for paediatric therapists & medical doctors - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 2019


‘Movement Analysis & Education Strategies for the Treatment of Children with Cerebral Palsy and similar neuro-developmental conditions’ 

A specialist course for Paediatric Therapists 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.

MAES Therapy – Abordagem especializada de tratamento para bebês, crianças e adultos com paralisia cerebral, condições neurológicas e desordens de movimento similares, com o objetivo de preveni-los das consequências típicas desses quadros clínicos.

Therapists and Doctors recommend this Course – a new and different dimension to the treatment and management of children with CP.

  • 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.

Unique of its kind, this course has a strong emphasis on high-level observation, analysis and clinical skills. 

“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

Dates :

Length of Course:  4-Week ( 20 Days) Postgraduate course, in two parts of two weeks.

Part 1:   21 October – 1 November 2019          

Part 2:   2 – 13 December 2019


Part 1:
Week 1   21 – 25 October 2019
Week 2   28 October – 01 November 2019

Part 2:

Week 3   02 – 06 December 2019
Week 4   09 – 13 December 2019


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:       Espaco Habilitar

                     Rua Raul Pompéia, 12 – 4th floor, Copacabana

                     Rio de Janeiro,  Brazil


See:  http://www.espacohabilitar.com.br/nossos-cursos/curso-maes/


Course Participants:  up to 16 max. only

Course Fee:    R$ 12.600  (BRL)

Translation:   The course will be presented in English and translated into Portuguese.


MAES Therapy  vai observar o que está influenciando o movimento da criança, incluindo a perspectiva que ela tem do mundo que à cerca, assim como a maneira que ela aprendeu a compreender, experimentar e interagir com ele. A terapia utiliza manuseios específicos e altamente qualificados para guiar o movimento e a cognição levando a criança a aprender novas habilidades e assim, maximizar seu potencial. Visa proporcionar à criança um caminho de experiência que não se concentra na realização de tarefas a curto prazo ou na elaboração de conjuntos de tarefas que coincidem com os marcos do desenvolvimento. Em vez disso, MAES Therapy trabalha para criar a bases primordiais que reduzam o desenvolvimento atípico a longo prazo e ampliando as possibilidades de melhores resultados. A intervenção precoce é benéfica quando se considera o desenvolvimento futuro dos bebês e crianças pequenas com condições de neurodesenvolvimento ou atraso no desenvolvimento. Nunca é tarde para intervir, no entanto, quanto mais cedo você fizer isso, mais você pode influenciar o futuro da criança

Course Lead by  Jean-Pierre Maes MCSP  and MAES Team:

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 a variety of neurodevelopmental 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.

From 1998 to 2013 he was based at The Bobath Centre (London) as a Consultant Neuro-developmental Physiotherapist,  Senior Bobath-NDT Tutor  and a regular Course Leader, leading a variety of Basic and Advanced Bobath NDT courses.

He has since progressed and developed and decided to leave Bobath-NDT and now practices and teaches the MAES Therapy Approach, a pioneering approach to the treatment and management of Children with Cerebral Palsy and similar neuro-developmental conditions.


Course Format:

This certified CP paediatrics courses 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.  Neurodevelopmental Courses.

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 very experienced therapists who have already taken several specialist courses (e.g. Conductive Education, Vojta, NDT-Bobath, Sensory Integration, Halliwick, etc.).



For further information and to apply, contact:

Local Course Organiser:     ESPAÇO HABILITAR PT,

CellPhone / Whatsapp:    +55 (21) 98350-1761

E:   curso@espacohabilitar.com.br

See:  http://www.espacohabilitar.com.br/nossos-cursos/curso-maes/


Or contact:

Jonathan Salsbury MIoD  Development Manager,

MAES Therapy International –  Cerebral Palsy Centre London

E:   jsalsbury@maestherapy.com


Course Aims:

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 MAES 4-Week Course :


“Anyone contemplating taking this MAES Course really needs to do it.  I have had a strong belief for a very long time about doing more in terms of therapy for children with CP and similar conditions, but didn’t feel I had sufficient knowledge, experience or confidence – until now. Jean-Pierre has a wealth of knowledge and experience and an amazing teaching style. Witnessing the changes in children over the duration of the course has been amazing and so positive and parents’ feedback about the differences they have noticed has been wonderful.

Ffion Evans, Clinical Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist, Wales

“This MAES Course this is perfect for any therapist wanting a much better understanding of Cerebral Palsy, a better way of analysing CP and to treat more effectively, based upon the individual, rather than on their diagnosis given by a paediatrician.  MAES provides you with a logical clear structure to help you organise your assessments and treatments.

Sophie Kearns, Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist, West Midlands

“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 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. 

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 OT 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


“ 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


 “MAES Therapy has given me a completely new outlook and approach.  My analysis skills have grown exponentially. MAES has given me a perspective that not only makes sense, but makes changes where previously I thought you could not make changes.”

Anita Hains, Physiotherapist   Johannesburg, South Africa


 “The MAES Course has completely changed my approach to cerebral palsy. I feel I have a better understanding of CP. The explanation of the approach and the use of the analogies was clear and from my experience of CP ‘looking for spasticity’ and it not being there –  this approach makes sense. I will now be more equipped at treating the whole child and identifying their priorities and now I understand much more about all the factors that contribute to the movement we see and to look further than that. I am a very different therapist and hope to build on this.

This course has changed how I understand cerebral palsy, the impact of play and how to use it to complement what I do and how to use my hands to provide an environment in which a child can develop new skills and opportunities to move

MAES  enables you to identify the problem and priority for the child in a holistic way, rather than looking at the physical manifestation you see as the problem.

We saw real differences with children during the course and parents reported a difference at home in transfers and head control. The parents who are at the beginning of the week reported that they only position to their child and equipment and didn’t do ‘therapy’, on day three asked to be shown how they could put this into practice. They saw a difference and wanted to be involved.

The MAES Course  is THE  course to do.  I really look forward to continuing to develop my skills and share this approach to help therapists provide opportunities for children to learn new skills and reach a higher potential.”

Helen King MCSP  Paediatric Physiotherapist. UK


“The MAES Course has completely changed how I understand the different difficulties of Cerebral Palsy. It has explained the aspects that could  not be explained by  other concepts before. It has filled in the ‘gaps’.

I now realise that there is a completely different way of looking at approaching children with CP. MAES allows you to take each individual child further in their abilities than any other approach I’m familiar with. 

This is a course for all three professions (PT,OT,SLT) and all three will come away with completely new skills and perception of CP. Thank you JP for pioneering this approach, so that we can have a bigger impact on children with CP.”

Anel van der Merwe, MCSP  Clinical Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist

MAES & Bobath Trained


“I have found the MAES 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