Jean-Pierre Maes: A blueprint for excellence in neuromotor rehabilitation

Jean-Pierre Maes MCSP

Director, MAES Therapy International Consultant Neuro-developmental Physiotherapist Halliwick Senior Lecturer

If you've ever wished for a blueprint that would guide you through the process of becoming an exceptional clinician, then you want to sit down with me for a chat with Jean-Pierre Maes. Jean-Pierre has packaged his years of learning, his experience, and unmatched clinical reasoning and analysis skills into the MAES therapy approach. This approach gives therapists the skills to understand the clinical picture as an expression of brain function; and the tools to target brain function rather than body function. If you are working with kids with brain-based movement disorders, you can't afford to miss this interview!


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Podcast Highlights

Time Stamps in green

  • 13:12 minutes- Searching for the active ingredients in approaches

  • 18:39 minutes- Developing M.A.E.S. therapy

  • 22:35 minutes- A new perspective in neuromotor rehabilitation

  • 26:12 minutes- Why current ways of classifying children are too simplistic to guide therapists

  • 29:26 minutes- How to understand brain function and dysfunction from a clinical perspective (if you listen to nothing else, listen to this 🤯😃)

  • 31:29 minutes- A Fabulous Army Analogy

  • 33:06 minutes-Reaching plateaus in therapy - why and what to do about them

  • 37:16 minutes- What's your brain for?

  • 40:19 minutes- You need to create an opportunity for the brain to want to change

  • 41:16 minutes- Application example - white matter lesion vs cerebellum

  • 46:16 minutes- Non-progressive does not mean non-evolving

  • 47:42 minutes- For an atypical brain, typical development is irrelevant - so now what?

  • 49:44 minutes- Differentiating between Bobath and MAES

  • 52:42 minutes- EBP and the M.A.E.S. approach

  • 1:01:32 minutes- Advice for new therapists

  • 1:05:30 minutes-More about M.A.E.S. course

M.A.E.S. Therapy e-Poster presented at the 32nd European Academy of Childhood Disability Annual Meeting (2020) -->>

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