Reflex Integration

Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI)

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What is MNRI?

MNRI stands for the Masgutova NeuroSensory Reflex Integration Program.  MNRI is a series of developmental programs that begin with the proper integration of the basic neuro-sensory reflexes that are present at birth and later play important roles in all other aspects of development of the brain.

What is a reflex?

A reflex is a conscious or non-conscious response to input.  Babies are born with reflexes that are tested at birth.  The natural birthing process signals the brain to begin integration of the reflexes.  When neural reflexes are properly integrated, it leads normal development of communication, cognition, motor, and sensory abilities.

What if reflexes are not integrated?

A delay, omission or failure to complete any of the phases of reflex development affects the formation of future skills.  As a result, appropriately matured neural networks are not created.  Dysfunction or compensations develop, making the true function of the reflex unreliable during periods of stress.   Nonintegrated reflexes cause the person to function on a survival level, which in turn leads to a narrowing of attention span, a lack of cause-and-effect thinking, and poor control of motor skills, behavior and spontaneous movement.

How does MNRI work?

MNRI systematically provides the brain with sensory input paired with the correct motor patterned responses.  MNRI Specialists will look assess how the person’s reflexes are functioning and design a specific plan for how to prioritize and implement a program.  Parents are trained on how to do the MNRI work at home with their child with support from a specialist.

What does MNRI “look” like?

MNRI work is done on the body, giving sensory input and passive motor patterning.  The child does not have to actively participate, and can even be asleep during implementation of MNRI.

What conditions can reflex integration help?

  • Attention 

  • Anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma recovery, and other mental health concerns

  • Coordination (fine motor, gross motor, bilateral)

  • Education (reading, writing, math skills)

  • Feeding

  • Independence in daily activities

  • Medical trauma (NICU stay, surgeries, invasive procedures)

  • Neurological functioning

  • Regulation 

  • Sensory Processing

  • Sleep

  • Toe Walking 

  • Toilet training (day and night time)

  • Vision (tracking, scanning, dyslexia)


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