Jean-Pierre Maes

Director, MAES Therapy International
Consultant Neuro-developmental Physiotherapist

Jean-Pierre is renowned internationally for his outstanding clinical skills and excellent teaching skills. He is an expert in the field of Cerebral Palsy and similar neurodevelopmental conditions, with over 30 years’ experience of treating babies, children and adults with movement disorders and achieving highly effective outcomes.

Jean-Pierre is a dynamic and pioneering Physiotherapist who is exceptionally dedicated to the children and families under the care of his team at MAES Therapy in London, where they offer a welcoming, friendly and supportive environment.

Jean-Pierre fully understands the needs and vital role of parents of a child with CP or movement disorders.

He graduated as a Physiotherapist in 1989 in Brussels and his thesis was “The role of the physiotherapist in the education of parents of children with cerebral palsy (CP)”

He has a special interest in working with babies with developmental delay and children with coordination difficulties, movement disorders and whose difficulties are complex and neurological in nature, such as Cerebral Palsy.

From 1998 to 2013 he was based at The Bobath Centre (London) as a Consultant Neuro-developmental Physiotherapist and was one of the most experienced and influential international Bobath-NDT Senior Tutors and regular Course Leaders. During this period, he organised and led a wide variety of Bobath-NDT courses, training hundreds of paediatric therapists in the UK and world-wide.

Jean-Pierre has since progressed and developed and has left Bobath-NDT and moved on and now practices and teaches MAES Therapy, a new and pioneering approach to the treatment and management of Babies and Children with Cerebral Palsy and similar neuro-developmental conditions.

Rather than the traditional approach of exercises or just trying to treat the obvious atypical symptoms, MAES Therapists are trained in the expert analysis of movement coordination, understanding why the child moves the way that he/she does and then, using the brain’s wonderful capacity to adapt and learn, the therapist helps the child to learn new, more typical movements combinations, through dynamic treatment sessions.

His colleagues at MAES Therapy are mentored by him and they are highly specialised in the early intervention and treatment of babies and children with Cerebral Palsy and similar neuro-developmental conditions.

Jean-Pierre is a Member of:

  • APCP – Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists
  • CSP – Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, UK
  • EACD – European Academy of Childhood Disability
  • HCPC – Health and Care Professions Council, UK
  • IHA – International Halliwick Association
  • SANDTA – South African Neurodevelopmental Association (Honorary Member)

Ellie Barton

Clinical Specialist – Neurodevelopmental Therapist

Ellie feels passionate about improving standards of therapeutic intervention for all children and young people with Neurodevelopmental Conditions.

Ellie started working in Paediatrics in 2008 and quickly identified a passion to know more about working with and young people with Neurodevelopmental conditions. She has a special interest in Cerebral Palsy; Downs Syndrome and babies born Pre-term (having had both her own boys early – at 34 and then 30 weeks’ gestation).

Ellie is Bobath-NDT and Sensory Integration and M.A.E.S. Therapy trained and has interest and experience considering the holistic impact of access for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) on individuals in the short and long term.

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.

Ellie says:
“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)

Carey Perkins

Clinical Specialist – Neurodevelopmental Therapist

Carey is a very dedicated and highly experienced Physiotherapist with a passion for working with children with Cerebral Palsy and other neurodevelopmental conditions. Carey has a gentle approach, putting children and families quickly at ease.

Carey has worked as a Paediatric Physiotherapist for over 20 years. Gaining experience working with children of all ages and a wide variety of conditions in various locations in the UK, she has developed her specialist interest in the area of paediatric neurology and is a strong advocate for Early Intervention.

Carey has worked in both acute and community settings, starting her career in a specialist Children’s Hospital, and continuing with clinical work, mentoring and the development of services in Child Development Centres, Specialist schools and nurseries.

Carey has experience of working closely with the wider multidisciplinary team including Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Teachers, Health visitors and the Medical team, understanding the importance this has in supporting families.

Carey joined MAES Therapy in 2019 and says:

“Becoming a MAES Trained Therapist and joining the MAES Therapy team in London, has rejuvenated my love for learning and my work. I have discovered a different perspective and a deeper understanding of children with Cerebral Palsy. I have seen how a new ‘me’ and a new ‘approach’ creates new possibilities for the child I am treating.

“MAES Therapists have a wonderful appreciation of the complexity of the brain and its capacity to adapt (plasticity) through previous experience, whilst the approach itself carefully creates opportunities and an environment for a child to best learn new ‘coordination’ that they wouldn’t normally do on their own accord. I feel the key to its success is through identifying the unique challenges and individual skills lacking for a specific child at the level of the brain and appreciating these in the context of the child as a ‘whole being’, rather than on the obvious, visible, physical ‘symptoms’ which more traditional physiotherapy often focuses on.”

Carey graduated with a BSc Honours Degree from the University of the West of England and continues with her professional development:

  • 2020 Prechtl General Movement Assessment Course, UCLH London.
  • 2018 4-Week MAES ‘Movement Analysis Education Strategies’ Course, London.
  • 2014 Second Advanced Early Assessment and Intervention for Babies and Young Children.
  • 2008 Advanced Handling Skills, Bobath London
  • 2007 Advanced Early Assessment and Intervention for Babies and Young Children, London
  • 2005 8-week Bobath-NDT Foundation Course, London.

Carey is a member of:

  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
  • Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Association of Paediatric Physiotherapists (APCP)

Joanna Brudlo-Semeniuk

Clinical Specialist – Neurodevelopmental Physiotherapist

Joanna is a very passionate and experienced Physiotherapist who loves working with babies and children with Cerebral Palsy and similar neurodevelopmental conditions.

In 2005 she qualified at the University of Physical Education in Poznań, Poland, where she completed the 5-year program and gained a Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy.

During the last year of University, she qualified as a swimming instructor and begun to work in the water environment with disabled babies, children and adults at Hera Health Studio in Poznań.

Joanna moved to the UK in 2006. She settled and started her family in Oxford. For many years she worked at the Footsteps Centre in Oxfordshire, where she continued expanding her experience in the Physiotherapeutic field. She worked in a system of intensive therapy providing treatment for children with CP (a lot of whom where post SDR) and other disabilities. In the meantime she joined the Oxford Swans Swimming Club where she gained her qualification in the Halliwick Concept. She still continues to support and help babies, children and adults with disabilities as well as their families in gaining new skills in the water environment.

Joanna felt she needed some additional ‘tools’ that would help her to understand and treat children with CP better. Whilst she was searching the internet, she came across MAES Therapy. After reading some information and testimonies, she decided to sign up for the 4-Week MAES Course in Telford in 2018. Joanna successfully completed the course, which completely changed her understanding of her patients’ needs, the therapeutic approach and the treatment outcome. Later that year Joanna joined Jean-Pierre Maes to translate and assist on a MAES Course in Poland. This was followed by Joanna joining the London MAES Therapy team in January 2019. Since then Joanna continues to develop her skills in the MAES Therapy Approach, assisting and translating the MAES Courses in Poland and she also supports MAES Therapists from Poland by running remote on-line tutorials.

Joanna says:
“Before coming across MAES Therapy, I was working with special needs children for a few years, providing a very intensive treatment to improve their physical abilities. I had time to observe the same patients over the years and I started to realise that something was missing. I was watching my patients trying and working hard to overcome their limitations, but the treatment results were not persistent, and I couldn’t understand why.

I was slowly losing my motivation to work. The MAES Course was my hope, inspiration and a chance to gain more means to work with, and so I took it! My life has not been the same since, in the professional field as well as privately. I have learnt how to really look from someone else’s perspective, I understand my patients and their needs better and, therefore, I can provide them with a different treatment and opportunities to create a different pathway of development and a better future.”

Following her Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy, Joanna continues her professional development:

  • 2020 Prechtl General Movement Assessment Course, UCLH London.
  • 2018 4-Week MAES ‘Movement Analysis Education Strategies’ Course, Telford
  • 2016 Level 1 Stecco Facial Manipulation
  • 2015 Kinesio-Taping 1&2

Joanna is a member of:

  • Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
  • Association of Paediatric Physiotherapists (APCP)
  • Halliwick Association of Swimming Therapy
  • European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD)

Anaïs Dumon

Clinical Specialist – Neuro-developmental Physiotherapist

Anaïs is a highly motivated and skilled paediatric physiotherapist with a great passion for working with children with Cerebral Palsy and similar neurodevelopmental conditions and supporting their families.

Anaïs graduated with honours from the University of Leuven, Belgium, as a Master of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy having specialised in paediatrics. Anaïs has previously worked at a private clinic for children with neurodevelopmental difficulties, psychomotor developmental delays and learning difficulties.

She has experience working at special needs schools in Belgium, Switzerland and England.

Since graduating, Anaïs has continuously been investing in her professional development to expand her knowledge and to improve her skills as a paediatric physiotherapist. After finishing the ‘Psychomotor development and remedial teaching for children Course’ in Belgium, Anaïs decided to move to London.

As a next step in her career, she was eager to gain experience abroad and looking for opportunities to make significant contributions in her field. In 2019, Anaïs completed the postgraduate MAES Therapy ‘Movement Analysis and Education Strategies Course’ and became a member of the London MAES team.

Anaïs says:

“Working at MAES Therapy allows me to keep expanding my knowledge and understanding of Cerebral Palsy to the smallest details. MAES Therapy made me understand how I can treat on a higher level by focusing on how the child’s brain is coordinating the body, instead of focusing solely on the child’s physical and secondary symptoms.

The approach has taught me to observe and analyse from a different perspective and to look at Cerebral Palsy in a holistic way. With MAES Therapy we create opportunities for children to explore and learn new coordination patterns they are very unlikely to develop on their own. Being able to help children to keep developing their repertoire of movements and coordination is aMAESing.”

Anaïs continues to develop her professional knowledge and skills:

• 2020 – Prechtl General Movement Assessment Basic Course, London
• 2019 – 4-Week MAES Movement Analysis and Education Strategies Course, London
• 2018 – Psychomotor development and remedial teaching for children Course, Belgium
• 2017 – Master of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy in Children (Hons), University of Leuven, Belgium
• 2014 – Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science and Kinesiology (Hons), University of Antwerp, Belgium

Anaïs is a member of:

• Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
• Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
• Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (ACPC)

Zorana Klaric

Paediatric Neuro-developmental Physiotherapist

Zorana is an experienced and highly skilled Physiotherapist who is passionate about helping babies and children with Cerebral Palsy and similar neurodevelopmental conditions achieve their maximum potential.

She has been working as a paediatric physiotherapist for over 17 years, with experience of working in the community and at a special hospital for children with motor and neurodevelopmental difficulties, as a part of a multidisciplinary team including Occupational Therapists, Speech & Language Therapists and Doctors.

For the past 5 years, Zorana has been working at the MAES Therapy Clinic London – Early intervention and specialised treatment for babies and children with neuro-developmental conditions and movement disorders.

As Zorana says:

“Working at MAES Therapy has confirmed and expanded my belief in the potential of the child’s brain to change (neuroplasticity proven many times in neuro-scientific research), based upon the input coming from the environment, which is a thought I always keep in mind when working with children. Providing opportunities during the therapy sessions and to work on the main issues with variety, staying on track and attending to the potential challenges to optimal learning of new movements, has been so rewarding, through seeing the children making immense progress.”

“At MAES Therapy we always consider children as whole, capable and competent human beings, appreciating their challenges but finding ways to open the possibilities for different outcomes.”

Zorana is an excellent team player and works closely with her colleagues. She has a wonderful rapport with her patients and knows how to help them benefit the most from her dynamic therapy sessions.

Following her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at University of Applied Health Sciences in Zagreb, Croatia 2003,  Zorana has been keen to continue to develop her professional knowledge and skills and has taken a variety of postgraduate courses:

2006  – 8-Week Basic Bobath-NDT Paediatric Course, London UK

2006  – Baby Bobath-NDT Course, Zagreb, Croatia

2007  – Introductory “Feldenkrais method workshop”

2009  – Advanced Early Assessment and Intervention with Babies and young Children”, London UK

2011 – Advanced Movement analysis and Treatment Skills, Zagreb, Croatia

2013 – Second “Advanced Early Assessment and Intervention with Babies and Young Children”, Zagreb, Croatia

2014 – MAES – Movement Analysis and Education Strategies Course”, Zagreb, Croatia, which challenged and deepened both my theoretical and practical knowledge and ways of treating children with Cerebral Palsy of all ages

2015 – Assisted on “Movement Analysis and Education Strategies Course” in Zagreb, Croatia, in chapters on Spastic Hypertonia and in practical sessions

  • MAES Therapy Trained
  • Bobath-NDT Trained

Member of:

  • Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP)
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