Our son Christy has a rare genetic condition which meant he appeared ‘floppy’ at birth and failed to reach his physical milestones.
We brought Christy to see Jean-Pierre and the MAES Therapy Team when he was 9 months and again at 10 months old for intensive therapy sessions on the expert advice of a family member.
Jean-Pierre’s approach was individually tailored
From our very first session it was immediately apparent that Jean-Pierre’s approach was individually tailored to Christy.
We quickly realised that the continued practice of tasks such as sitting would not help Christy learn how to sit and instead we needed to help him learn an array of simple and complex skills which will not only help him to achieve sitting but also crawling, standing, walking, climbing etc. as he grows older.
We have seen huge changes with Christy and his movements are much more coordinated than they were previously.
As parents, MAES Therapy has equipped us with knowledge on how best to handle and position Christy so that we can continue with his unique type of therapy at home.
An invaluable tool
We were able to video record for our own use the sessions which has helped us emulate what Jean-Pierre and his colleagues did during the therapy sessions in our own home.
This has proven an invaluable tool not only for us as parents but also for our family members and child- minder who also need to be educated on how best to handle Christy so that he achieves his maximum potential.
To be told not to place Christy for ‘tummy time’ and to limit the amount of ‘floor time’ he had as these tasks would encourage Christy to take shortcuts which would ultimately hinder his future physical development, was at first difficult to comprehend as it was in stark contrast to advice we were receiving from fortnightly sessions with the NHS.
We now realise that by offering Christy lots of supported changes of movement as he is being held by us, MAES Therapy is helping Christy much more than the NHS approach and his confidence to try new and better movement patterns has increased.
Able to sit unsupported
We cannot recommend the MAES Therapy Approach highly enough. Previously we felt frustrated that despite hours of practising sitting, encouraging weight bearing on his elbows, tummy time and practising rolling techniques, Christy just didn’t seem to ‘get it’.
Now, with MAES Therapy, Christy has a whole bank of different movements that we help him with almost continuously throughout the day, and he is on the cusp of being able to sit unsupported.
It is all the tiny little components which MAES Therapy has helped us piece together which has and will help Christy achieve his ‘milestones’ for want of a better word.
Result of MAES Therapy, was far beyond our expectations
We try to no longer judge Christy on the big things he can’t do but are encouraged by his progress on the little things that all add up. To see Christy sit straight up with minimal support and weight bear through his legs even just for a few seconds as a direct result of MAES Therapy, was far beyond our expectations for our little boy.
Christy is learning every day and as we continue Jean-Pierre’s MAES Therapy techniques, there is a whole big world out there for him to discover. Each day his co-ordination improves and his movements diversify.
Not only has MAES Therapy helped Christy improve physically but cognitively we are beginning to see a more inquisitive little boy as a result. Jean-Pierre told us on our first session with Christy that his motivation to move was high and that he simply didn’t have the co-ordination to allow him to move the way he wanted.
We see every day the gap between the two getting smaller and we are only at the very start of our journey with MAES Therapy.
We look forward to bringing Christy to Jean-Pierre and MAES Therapy on a regular basis in the future to enrich him in every aspect of his development”.
Garth & Patricia