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Hello all therapists,

For those of you who don't know me, I am an OT who works at Community Mental Health in TC.  I ask for a few minutes out of your busy schedule to please indulge me in taking time to read this.  

 In the last two years I have had the opportunity to go to the PDP Symposium on Intervention for Persons with Special Needs in Minn. There I met an incredible woman, Svetlana Masgutova.  Have you heard of her??  Dr. Masgutova is the originator of the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration SM (MNRI) Method and Director of the Masgutova MNRI Institutes in Poland and the United States. She holds a Ph.D. in Developmental and Educational Psychology (1988) from the Scientific Research Institute at the Russian Education Academy in Moscow, and has done a lot of study of reflexes and the impact reflexes have on human development.

 I know that you all are aware of the primitive (or as she calls them Primary) reflexes and that if they are not integrated it affects function.  Do you know which reflexes affect arousal, attention, and learning?  Do you know how to activate the reflex arcs to integrate them to increase function (cognitive, behavioral as well as physical)?  Do you know that the ATNR is connected to hearing and language?  Do you know that the kids who do better standing with desk work have problems with their STNR?  Do you know that kids who slump to the side in their chair have problems with the Spinal Gallant?  Until I met her, I did not have all of these connections, and mainly tried to reposition out of a reflex pattern, which is very inefficient and does not help with improving function. 

 I have also been to the MNRI® Dynamic and Postural Reflex Pattern Integration course twice and am seeing some great results from using it.  I have a 40 y/o consumer with spastic CP that has been doing a few of the exercises and the PT reports she sees increased ROM which we thought would never improve.  A 10 y/o autistic who was not toilet trained, is getting more and more consistent with voiding in the toilet since starting the reflex work, and we are also seeing changes in his speech.  I am convinced that this is information all therapists should have in their knowledge base. 

I know this sounds like an advertisement for a therapy method, but what I am trying to do is to help get the word out that there is a way to work with reflexes, and when we do, we get incredible results and improved function because we are working with the foundation of all learning.   It is a missing link to so much of what we are trying to get from the kids, even more powerful than the SI stuff, which is still really important. 

There is a course coming to Ann Arbor, MNRI Visual and Auditory Reflexes Integration, February 1-3.  Dr. Masgutova herself is teaching it.  A great opportunity to meet her and be mentally stimulated and blown away by information you get from her.   She also encourages parents to attend her courses.  I know you are all extremely busy, it is difficult to get away for 3 days, and it is pricey until you realize what you are getting out of it.  If you are intrigued and it is at all possible for you or one of your co-workers to attend a course, I know you will find it well worth the effort.  (don't wait too long to register as there is a fee increase after Jan. 9th)  I would be happy to talk with anyone who wants to find out more about it. 

Here is the site to check it out:

Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays!

~Carolyn Schwab, OTL

I received a head injury in a car accident that lead to bleeding in my brain.  The bleeding required two brain surgeries to repair.  Four months after my surgery I continued to have balance and memory issues.  After one Neurolinks treatment my balance was better.  I was no longer leaning to the side and if I did lean I would be aware of it.  I felt lighter on my feet.  I felt that my mind was clearer and my ability to focus was improved.  The pain in my right shoulder from lifting was also greatly reduced.  Overall, I felt noticeably better and my attitude was improved.  I plan to follow up with more treatments.

Seeing my child transition from a camper at to a volunteer at OT camp. I am so proud to watch him interact with and help campers and to help at different stations. He's made himself needed and valuable. I am very proud of my son.



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