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MNRI® Tactile Integration

Dates: September 6-7, 2018
Location: Delft, Netherlands
Instructor: Pamela Curlee
Local Area  
Coordinator: Wil van Kessel
Email: wilvankessel@masgutovamethode.nl
Phone: +31(0)610277215

The Masgutova Method® is a set of programs focused on the restoration and maturation of primary movements, reflexes, coordination systems, skills for optimal performance of natural mechanisms, developmental processes, brain functioning, and sensory-motor integration. The Masgutova Method® is oriented on the stimulation of reflex patterns in order to awaken natural, genetic motor resources, self-regenerating strength of motor memory and sensory-motor coherence. This achievement innately carries the implication of the fulfillment of all potentials within movement abilities and learning skills.

The Mission of the Svetlana Masgutova Educational Institute® Neuro-sensory-motor Reflex Integration, LLC is to provide children and adults reliable knowledge and safe tools for the use of natural, genetic motor resources to facilitate successful neuro-sensory-motor development and joyful learning. 

Course Overview

Skin, our largest organ, forms the boundary between our physical being and the outside world.  It also houses the tactile system, which allows the body to access tactile sensations from the outside world. The skin possesses eleven different tactile receptors to distinguish the broad array of tactile stimuli input encountered by the body. This set of tactile receptors helps to inform and prioritize incoming sensory information for the central nervous system to process.  Once processed, the central nervous system directs the body’s actions in response to ever-changing tactile conditions. Due to congenital issues or trauma (in utero, at birth, or anytime after birth), tactile system challenges can result, causing any one of the following conditions.

  • Hyper-sensitive Tactile System – Also referred to as tactile defensiveness, this results in a negative, over-reaction to touch that typically would not be a problem.  A person with a hyper-sensitive tactile system will often respond negatively to hugs, having their hair brushed or nails clipped, and complain about various textures, seams, tags and avoid wearing any form fitting clothes.  A simple skin scrape can elicit a reaction expected for a far more debilitating wound.
  • Hypo-sensitive Tactile System – A person with a hypo-sensitive tactile system often does not respond to tactile input that would cause most people to act.  A deep cut, a hard push, or other forms of physical harm lead to little or no reaction. Tactile input important to taking action and avoiding harm, is often missed by a person with a hypo-sensitive tactile system, leaving them at risk for great harm.  People with hypo-sensitive tactile systems often seeking more intense sensory stimulation in an effort to register sensation.
  • Non-Functioning Tactile System – A non-functioning tactile system is simply not working.

The reactions of a person with either a hyper- or hypo-sensitive tactile systems, often seem bigger or smaller than normal conditions would dictate.  Such disproportionate reactions are often an indication that an individual’s tactile system is not appropriately engaged and integrated. The MNRI Tactile Integration program uses neuro-tactile techniques to stimulate different receptors in the skin, working to appropriately engage and integrate the tactile sensory system within the complete mind/body system. When the tactile system is integrated, the brain stem relaxes defensive reflexes, and opens the entire system to an experience of safety in which emotion and behavioral regulation improves and healthy motor, communication, and cognitive development can proceed. 

Professionals, parents and caregivers interested in learning more about the MNRI Method and its various programs are encourage to attend this course early on, given the fundamental role it plays in emotional and behavioral regulation, and overall maturation and development. The Tactile Integration course explores in great detail the physiology and psychology of the tactile system, the developmental effects of over- and under-sensitive receptors, and the importance of an appropriately integrated tactile system to the process of integrating all motor reflex movement and patterns.

The MNRI Tactile Integration course explores:

  • The general MNRI Method and role played by the Tactile Integration Program
  • Tactile integration and how it relates to motor reflexes and other important body systems
  • The neurophysiologic and psychological dynamics of the tactile system
  • The role tactile integration plays in establishing a foundation for motor, communication and cognitive development, and emotional and behavioral regulation
  • MNRI techniques designed to assess, activate, and integrate tactile sensitivities    
  • How to create MNRI tactile integration programs for individual clients
  • How to incorporate use of MNRI Tactile Integration course content into daily client and home practice

Learner Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the two-day, 16-hour Tactile Integration course, participants will:

  1. Explain the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration SM (MNRI) Method
  2. Explain the innate nature of the motor reflex system
  3. Describe the role of a reflex and its sensory, motor, and central nervous system mechanisms
  4. Describe and explain when, why, and how the brain engages in protection versus learning and development
  5. Describe and demonstrate the role tactile integration plays in motor reflex integration and advanced learning
  6. Explain the neuro-physiological and psychological dynamics of the tactile sensory system
  7. Demonstrate the ability to identify, explain and classify the types of neurons and divisions found within the skin, while exploring how the nervous system functions as a whole to control and coordinate the body systems
  8. Demonstrate the ability to identify, explain and classify the seven types of sensory cells found in the peripheral and central nervous systems, and the role each plays in processing sensory stimuli and establishing an individual’s relationship to self, others and the general environment
  9. Demonstrate the ability to compare, contrast and differentiate between conscious and subconscious somatic and specialized senses and how each impacts learning in various settings and social situations

10. Demonstrate the ability to compare, contrast and differentiate between Subconscious somatic and visceral stimuli and gain an understanding of how stimuli variation influences learning, social/emotional and tactile development in challenged individuals

11. Describe research regarding the relationship between individuals with challenges and tactile integration

12. Demonstrate and explain the impact tactile integration can have on (1) emotional and behavioral regulation, (2) advancing maturational reflexes, (3) motor, communication and cognitive development, and (4) growth, learning and academic functioning throughout the lifespan

13. Describe how to implement MNRI neuro-stimulation techniques designed to assess, activate and integrate challenged tactile systems

14. Review, demonstrate, and apply an understanding of the four general MNRI tactile technique variations

15. Demonstrate how each activates, re-educates and integrates tactile receptors and the proprioceptive system

16. Describe the impact integration can have on improving function and learning

17. Demonstration and apply how to apply each of the four tactile technique variations, including lengthening and stretching, rotation, compression and traction, and deep pressure touch to:

a. Activate physiological and structural connections between skin, muscles, tendons and bones
b. Alleviate the negative physical and psychological effects of sensory stimuli
c. Reduce stress at the physiological level, alleviating stress responses that would otherwise inhibit reflex integration required for core stabilization, improvement in joint mobility, range of motion and motor coordination
d. Demonstrate and apply additional tactile program techniques to:

                                               i.     Explain a kinesthetic sense of appendage length, size, and boundaries

                                              ii.     Provide an awareness of the sagital, axial and coronal planes of body coordination, coronal planes of body coordination and core integration

                                            iii.     Develop the clinical skills necessary to generate body awareness and enhance spatial skill development

18. Demonstrate for course instructor ability to appropriately apply all tactile integration techniques presented in class

19. Apply course knowledge to create and apply an individual MNRI program for clients with various challenges

20. Develop an individual MNRI program based on assessment results and targeted individual challenges

21. Explore with client family the potential impact the individualized program can have on supporting the integration of archetype motor movements, primary motor reflex patterns and other motor reflexes and body systems; body structure, posture, and motor maturation; motor, communication and cognitive learning abilities and emotional and behavioral regulation

22. Explore, evaluate and develop strategies to incorporate the use of the MNRI Tactile Integration course content into daily client and home practice.

Agenda: Tactile

Day 1:

Hour 1-Movement as basis of Natural Development

Hours 2-3-- Masgutova Method® of Neruosensorimotor Reflex Integration and Archetype Movements

Hour 4-- Reflexes serve as the Neuro-Physiological Basis for Development of Infant Movements

Lunch 1 hour

Hours 5-6-- importance of skin development, structure, and functions

Hours 7-8-- importance of skin functioning and sensory motor integration

Day 2:

Hours 1-2-- Importance of exteroceptive and proprioceptive systems and the development of the RAS system

Hour 3-- Tactile Integration procedures

Hour 4-- Characteristics of Human Auditory and Vestibular Systems and connections with the brainstem, nerve network and skin systems.

Lunch 1 hour

Hours 5-7-- role of receptors in neurophysiological bases of tactile sense development

Hour 8-- Benefits of Tactile integration for optimal integration of reflexes, enhancement of the sensory integration system

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Location:The Netherlands
Address:Contact Wil van Kessel for final registration and to make payment for this course: wilvankessel@masgutovamethode.nl
Instructor: Pamela Curlee
Local Area  
Coordinator:
Wil van Kessel
Phone:+31(0)610277215

Financial Disclosure: Pamela Curlee receives a stipend based upon an enrollment percentage.

Non-financial Disclosure: Pamela Curlee is co-owner of SMEI, however, she receives no profit from this ownership status. Income is only derived from her work at Courses, Family Conferences, Clinics and Administrative Duties.

Course Disclosure: The Svetlana Masgutova Educational Institute has developed and patented a licensed technology trademarked as MNRI®. Because there are no other like-kind products available, course offerings will only cover information that pertains to the effective and safe use of the above-named products. This presentation will focus exclusively on MNRI® and will not include information on other similar or related products or services.

Special Needs Requests: If you require special accommodations, please notify SMEI at events@masgutovamethod.com at the time of registration so that needed accommodations can be made prior to the course.

Course Completion Requirements: This course is not approved for partial credit. Participants must attend the course in its entirety to receive continuing education units.

Target audience:
Speech Language Pathologists, Speech Language Pathologist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, Nurses, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Educators, Psychologists, Physicians, Massage Therapists, Mental Health Counselors, Other Health Care Providers, Parents.

SMEI Cancellation and Refund Policy

Courses are subject to cancellation due to lack of minimum required participants registered for the course within 14 days of the course start date. Full refunds will be issued if the course is canceled due to the low number of attendees.

Please reach out to the Local Area Coordinator listed to confirm that the course will be held prior to registering if within the 14 day window.

We recommend that attendees who will be flying do not purchase their flight until after the 14-day window has elapsed to avoid a nonrefundable circumstance with the airline. SMEI is not liable for any ticket costs related to the course being canceled. SMEI is not liable for any costs related to transportation (airline tickets, train, taxi, etc) due to the cancellation of an event.

Participants will receive a full refund for registration cancellation up to 22 days prior to the course.
Deposits will not be refunded for cancellations 15-21 days prior to the conference.
The deposit and a 20% administration charge will be retained for cancellations within 14 days of the course.

Course Hours: 16

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