MAES Course – Zagreb 2019

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MAES Course – Zagreb 2019MAES Course - Zagreb, Croatia 2019

Registration open for our

4th MAES Course in Croatia !  

4-Week Course organised in 2 parts of 2 weeks each:

Part 1:    29 April – 10 May 2019     

Part 2:    10 June – 21 June 2019


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

Specialist 4-Week course for Paediatric Therapists (PT,OT, SLT) who want to gain new insights, increased knowledge and further develop their clinical reasoning and treatment skills for children with Cerebral Palsy and similar neurodevelopmental conditions

A new and pioneering approach based upon 25 years’ expert clinical and teaching experience world-wide and focusing on excellent treatment skills.

  • 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.


Part 1:    29 April – 10 May 2019     

Part 2:    10 June – 21 June 2019

The course is organised in 2 parts of 2 weeks each.

The period between Parts 1 and 2 is to ensure participants put into practice and consolidate the knowledge and skills gained in Part 1, before returning for Part 2.

Course Weeks:

Week 1     29 April – 3 May

Week 2       6 – 10 May

Week 3     10 – 14 June

Week 4     17 – 21 June


Venue:    We are very pleased to be returning to:

 Mali Dom, Dnevni centar za rehabilitaciju djece i mladeži  (Day Care Center for Rehabilitation of Children and Young Adults),  Baštijanova 1D,   Zagreb


Course Participants:  up to 16 max. only

Course Fee:  

  • Early Bird Fee:  € 2,100  Euros                            Early Bird Ends   30 November 2018
  • Regular/ Late Registration:  € 2,500 Euros      Late Registration full amount is due by  28 February 2019
  • 5% Discount per person for any two or more work colleagues that register together.

First come first served and a non-refundable deposit of € 500 secures a place.


Course Lead by Jean-Pierre Maes 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 courses related to a variety of neurodevelopmental conditions.

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 NDT- Bobath Tutor  and a regular Course Leader, leading a variety of Basic and Advanced courses.

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


Course Format:

This certified 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 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.


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 course in the field of Cerebral Palsy as well as to 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 Organisers in Zagreb:  

Therapists:   Marija Maras,  Marija Juko,  Jasminka Gagula


or contact:

Jonathan Salsbury MIoD  Development Director
MAES Therapy International



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.

Comments from some Therapists who have already successfully completed the 4-Week MAES Course:


“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


“I think that every therapist who works with children with CP and other neurological difficulties must attend this MAES Course to be able to go further with their knowledge and treatment improvement. And most importantly the course gives different ways to understand and improve the treatment of children with CP that ‘standard methods’ don’t give.

Matea Lastrić, Physiotherapist

Zagreb, Croatia 2018


“I am a Bobath therapist and have 12 years’ of experience working with children with CP. This MAES Course is the one I had the most benefit from. It helped me to go much deeper in understanding the problems of children with CP. I also understand that I must go much further in improving my knowledge and my skills, but I gain confidence from MAES to start exploring and I’m very excited with the journey I have ahead of me”.

Ana Milošević,  Physiotherapist


“The MAES Therapy Course is definitely the most useful and professional course I have ever participated in. After this course I feel like a completely different and improved therapist and this feeling is very good. Every therapist who wants to develop their practical, theoretical and generally professional skills in working with children with neurological disorders should go on this course.  Thank you!”

Hrvoje Gudlin, Physiotherapist  MPT

Zagreb, Croatia 2018

“I think traditional therapies are no longer valid. I think everyone needs to be brave and open-minded, so that the world of child therapy can move forward. We have a chance to change things for the better for children with CP and MAES Therapy achieves this.

Highly recommended!”

Asena Dönmez, Physiotherapist

“Senior Therapists can deepen and upgrade their knowledge and skills if they are prepared to look beyond what they have you learnt before.  With MAES Therapy they can get many answers to questions that appeared in their previous work and that traditional methods couldn’t give them the answers.

The MAES Framework allows me to better structure my observation and where to start, what it means from the point of view of the brain and to be able to use that to find and address the specific main problem of a child.”

An excellent course!”

Danijela Šadl Jurković, Physiotherapist

Zagreb, Croatia 2018


“I would recommend all therapists who work with children to take this MAES Course to really understand the child with CP and other neurodevelopmental conditions. MAES gives a holistic way of thinking, it gives therapists the chance to grow as a specialist and it gives the child opportunities to improve not only for now, but for the future.

Usually I look for improving a child’s participation, I was practicing the task with the child. MAES has helped me understand that for the child’s future, it is important to work on quality.


Jelena Špionjak, Physiotherapist DPT

Zagreb, Croatia 2018

“I now know that tasks and functional activities are not the key points of treatment – developing skills is. Using the MAES Framework helps you to see where to look and how to better plan the treatment. Every day you must look again and make changes because every type of CP is different and every child with the same type of CP is also different and each child is an individual, changing during treatment.

The MAES Course is positively life changing!”

Suzana Čorak, Physiotherapist BPT

Zagreb, Croatia 2018

“A very useful way of working because when we analyse the child’s movements and set it in the MAES Framework, we understand the problem and what we need to solve. We cannot treat if we do not know the cause. MAES helps us to be very specific.

I will recommend the MAES Course to my colleagues – physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists.”

Krešimir Vlajnić, Physiotherapist

Zagreb, Croatia 2018

“I learned new ways of treating children with CP. Now I don’t see the child just through the motor function, but I understand the child in his entirety, in a more holistic way.  I think the MAES Framework is a great tool for analyzing and working with a child.”

Nikolina Stupnišek, Physiotherapist

Zagreb, Croatia 2018

“I think every therapist working with children with neurodevelopmental conditions needs this MAES Course and new perspective.  Before coming to the course I was discussing with my colleagues and they are often stuck and not satisfied with what they can do. I think MAES Therapy shines a new light for the way forward. I want my colleagues to also take this course.”

Pelin Küçükali  Physiotherapist

“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,  Bobath-NDT Tutor


“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


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 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



 “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



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