She has worked very closely with Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists over many years, which lead to her developing skills using a transdisciplinary approach when supporting children and families with a broader focus on movement, function and communication.
Ellie worked in the NHS for 9 years as well as also working as an independent therapist since 2011. Treating children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) on a regular basis and working with the same child over many years provided invaluable opportunities to gain an insight into the challenges and achievements the whole family faces when supporting a child with a neurodevelopmental condition; as well as seeing the limits of more traditional therapy approaches.
“In 2017 I found I was becoming frustrated when faced with children’s progress reaching a ‘plateau’ and in many cases declining, after they pushed the skills available to them to their limits. I had left the NHS to give myself more time and opportunities to develop expertise in treating babies and children more intensively.
I wanted to know if there was another way… so I sought further knowledge and training.
At an ABM Course, which I found interesting but not specific enough, I met Jean-Pierre Maes. Immediately upon hearing about MAES Therapy – I knew I had found my other way ! After successfully completing my 4-Week MAES Therapy Foundation Course I was invited to join the team.
Working with the MAES Therapy Approach, I am developing a much deeper understanding of how a disruption to the functioning of the central nervous system (whether this be the result of a brain lesion, an early birth, a chromosomal abnormality, or something else) affects the way a child learns to move, to communicate and how they learn to interact with other and the world around them.
In understanding this better, I am able to see that a child’s alignment and movement is an expression of their intention and their problem solving. Rather than supporting children to reach higher levels of function by strengthening their strengths and having other parts of the system do more. We are now able to identify the weakness within the system and give more opportunities for children to develop the skills there. So, the balance between what they overuse and what is difficult is lessened and as a result progress is built on higher quality foundations with less impact on the variety and complexity of movement and interaction.
This supports these children towards a less predetermined future and provides opportunities for each individuals’ childhood to be richer in exploration and experimentation, developing broad foundations which they can build upon, leading to a learning with a greater freedom in adulthood.”
Ellie graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2007 – BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. In her quest to develop her skills and knowledge she has taken a variety of postgraduate courses including:
- 2020 – Lead Presenter for MAES Introduction Course. Colchester, UK
- 2019 – Assisted on MAES Course. London, UK
- 2018 – Assisted on MAES Course. London, UK
- 2018 – Advanced Early Assessment and Intervention with Babies and Young Children, Budapest
- 2017 – 4-Week M.A.E.S. (Movement Analysis and Education Strategies) Course, Somerset.
- 2017 – Anat Baniel (ABM) Workshop, London.
- 2016 – Sensory Integration (SI) Modules 1 & 2, Birmingham.
- 2015 – 8-week Bobath-NDT Paediatric Course, London.
- 2014 – Clinical Educators Course for Complex Students, UEL
- 2014 – Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) CPD Course, London
- 2012 – AHP Private Physiotherapy Education Foundation Course – Clinical Reasoning & Students, UEL
- 2010 – Elaine Owens Paediatric Gait Analysis Course, Manchester
- 2009 – Dysphasia – Treatment Approaches, Medway
Ellie is an elected Committee Member of APCP London – Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists. This involves supporting the development and use of evidence to establish Paediatric physiotherapy as a key to health, wellbeing, and quality of life and supporting the continued professional development and education for Paediatric Therapists in the London Region.
She is a Guest Lecturer at the UEL (University of East London), presenting their module on Paediatrics for third-year students; and is an experienced clinical educator, supporting Physiotherapy students on placement.
Ellie is a member of:
- Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
- Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- Association of Paediatric Physiotherapists (APCP)