Dr. Leah Light, on behalf of the Svetlana Masgutova Educational Institute (SMEI), will discuss primary reflexes, which encompass our innate and subcortical, genetic motor intelligence that ultimately gives rise to more controlled physical activity, emotional and behavioral self-regulation, and higher levels of conscious thought and analytical thinking. Developmental sequelae that often result from poorly integrated primary reflexes will be reviewed and their negative impact on self-reliance, stress levels, and the ability to learn cohesively. Discussion of how MNRI® (Masgutova Neuro-SensoryMotor Reflex Integration) uses specific strategies and techniques to connect the brain-body system by supporting maturation of neural pathways from the brainstem to the cortex will be described. Published articles and research outlining the benefits of using MNRI® with various populations including Down’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, and Chronic Bronchitis will be discussed so as to show the far reaching benefits of this relatively simple yet profound neuro-sensory-motor approach that is shared with family members and caregivers for at-home use.
Audience Take Away:
Attendees of this session will learn about the functional purpose of primary reflexes and the role they play in laying the foundation for human development. They will also learn some simple techniques to identify children and adults with retained primary reflexes and when to refer to a specialist for primary reflex integration services. A few basic reflex integration techniques will be demonstrated for attendees to begin using with children suspected of having a Reflex Integration Disorder. Attendees will also learn about supporting research and studies that are currently underway by the Svetlana Masgutova Educational Institute to provide further validation for the use of the MNRI® program for a variety of neurological and health conditions.