Provisional Dates Announced!
4-Week M.A.E.S. Course –
2 Weeks Online & 2 Weeks Face-to-Face
‘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 to a higher level for treating 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 – a new and pioneering approach to the treatment and management of children with CP.
Provisional Dates :
Part 1: 11 – 22 July 2022 Online via Zoom Weeks 1 & 2
Part 2: 15 – 26 August 2022 Face-to-Face Weeks 3 & 4
These dates will be confirmed by end of November 2021 and if there is a change, the weeks will still be organised during July-August 2022.
Length of Course: 4-Week ( 20 Days) Postgraduate course, in two parts of two weeks.
Each week is 5 Days, Monday to Friday.
Week 1 11-15 July
Week 2 18-22 July
Week 3 15-19 August
Week 4 22-26 August
It is very helpful for Participants’ learning to plan and 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.
Part 1 – Live & interactive Online via Zoom
Part 2 – Face-to-Face
Part 2 – Venue: Gwyn Jones Primary School, Leytonstone, East London E11 1EU (Venue to be confirmed)
Course Participants: up to 18 max. only
Early Bird Fee: £ 2,650.00
Regular/ Late Fee: £2,950.00
- 5% Discount per participant for any two colleagues from the same workplace that register together.
Early Bird Ends 30 April 2022.
Regular/ Late Registration full amount due by 20 June 2022
For further information and for an Application Form, contact Course Organiser:
Jonathan Salsbury MIoD Development Manager, MAES Therapy International
Course Lead by Jean-Pierre Maes and M.A.E.S. Team UK:
Founder & Director MAES Therapy International
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, 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:
20 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.
20 x Treatment Workshops ( Therapists’ live Case Presentations )
There will be a total of between 25 – 30 different children with Cerebral Palsy to treat during Part 2, allowing a high level of supervised practical sessions, allowing participants to link theory into practice and become expert in analysis and handling.
Course Leader :
Jean-Pierre Maes MCSP Consultant Neuro-Developmental Physiotherapist
Founder & Director MAES 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 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 new knowledge and expert clinical skills.