Movement Analysis and Education Strategies (MAES) Therapy is a new (2014) approach to understanding the holistic development of a child and applying this understanding in a therapeutic manner. MAES therapy encourages individualized and specific assessment and treatment, focusing not only on movement, but a child’s neuro-development as a whole which includes, gross and fine motor, sensory, cognitive and emotional development.
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General Movements Assessment
Infants have typical and well-defined spontaneous “general movements” (GMs) from before birth right through to 20 weeks post term (corrected for prematurity). Infants who have poor quality GMs are at increased risk of neurological difficulties. The General Movements Assessment is a reliable, cost effective, observational tool which analyses the quality of GMs. By identifying increased risk at an early age use The GM Assessment, early intervention can be initiated which can improve an infant’s developmental trajectory.
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Bobath/Neuro-developmental Therapy (NDT)approach
NDT has developed from the Bobath approach of assessment and treatment of people with central nervous system dysfunction. Bobath was first developed in the 1950s. The Bobath/NDT approach encourages therapists to identify the individual’s abilities and impairments and address these impairments in relation to participation in functional activities. The Bobath/NDT approach offers a problem-solving approach with interventions involving handling and guidance of movement to optimise function.
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