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MNRI® Visual and Auditory Reflexes Integration

Dates: April 29 - May 1, 2019
Dates: Registration at 8:30am, course begins at 9am
Location: Denville, NJ
Address: Celebrate the Children School
Instructor: Dr. Leah Light
Local Area  
Coordinator: Lauren Blaszak
Email: blaszak@celebratethechildren.org
Phone: 201-486-4857

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. You can read more about Reflexes and MNRI HERE.

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The Mission of the Svetlana Masgutova Educational Institute (SMEI) is to provide health, wellness and educational professionals, parents, and caregivers with non-invasive techniques to address maturational, developmental, and life challenges.


Course Overview:

The visual and auditory systems work independently, in combination with each other, and with the remaining sensory systems to inform and guide the body’s internal and external actions. The auditory system provides the body access to sounds and vibrations from nature, voices (others and their own), instruments, machines and more; distinguishing differences in volume, timbre, rhythm, pitch, modulation and frequency. When focus is required, auditory reflexes instantaneously block out unnecessary sound frequencies, and when general auditory awareness is required, the auditory reflexes just as quickly expand sound frequency access to ensure the central nervous system is provided with all the information it needs to respond appropriately. The visual system distinguishes variations in shape, color, brightness, movement, helping to distinguish familiar people, places and things from unfamiliar, to determine relative location, and detect visual input important to daily function and general survival. Visual reflexes adjust instantaneously from static and dynamic visual input that is near or far, blocking out extraneous visual input when visual concentration and focus are required, while remaining vigilant to unusual visual input important to productive functioning and general safety. While the visual and auditory sensory systems each provide the body access to unique forms of stimulus input, they also work together to coordinate “seeing-hearing” information and in combination with the other sensory systems to inform and prioritize input for the central nervous system to guide and direct action in response to ever-changing conditions. Due to congenital issues or trauma (in utero, at birth or anytime after birth) the auditory and visual systems can become hypersensitive or hyposensitive as defined below, or simply not function; leading to a number of auditory and visual challenges.

When auditory or visual challenges lead to reactions bigger or smaller than normal conditions would dictate, it is likely the challenged system is not appropriately engaged or integrated. The emotions and behavior of a person experiencing auditory or visual challenges often appears dys-regulated to outside observers. MNRI Visual and Auditory Integration Program techniques work to engage and integrate the visual and auditory sensory systems to improve sensory system function, which in turn, can improve behavioral and emotional regulation, and enhance learning.

Learning Objectives: MNRI® Visual and Auditory Reflex Integration

  1. Describe the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI®) processes for activating the innate nature of the motor reflex.
  2. Describe the role of a reflex pattern and its sensory, motor and central nervous system connections.
  3. Explain evaluation methods for the assessment of visual and auditory reflexes and skills.
  4. Explain the integration procedures for the correction and development of non-matured or dysfunctional reflexes.
  5. Explain visual and auditory perception as it relates to reflex integration.
  6. Describe the connection between cranial nerves, muscles, eye movements and cognitive and emotional development.
  7. Analyze the general characteristics of the human hearing system.
  8. Describe the anatomy of the ear.
  9. Explain the functioning of the auditory system.
  10. Describe the connection between the hearing and vestibular system.
  11. Describe the specific Auditory Reflexes and how to identify each reflex.
  12. Explain the natural coordination functions of the auditory system.
  13. Apply specific techniques for the structural integration of the auditory reflexes.
  14. Demonstrate the appropriate application of the structural integration of visual reflexes in a supervised situation.
  15. Apply through hands-on supervision the exercises to implement MNRI® neuro-stimulation techniques designed to assess, activate, and integrate auditory reflexes: Acoustic, Sound Source Orientation, and Auditory Postural Reflexes.
  16. Explain the when, why, and how the brain engages in negative protection versus positive protection and the effect on learning and development.
  17. Explain the maturational role of auditory and visual reflexes within the primary motor reflex system and the impact of dysfunctional and pathological reflex patterns on daily life of children and adults with developmental and neurodeficits.
  18. Explain the natural coordination functions of the visual system and its effects on learning and academic skills.
  19. Describe appropriate ways to incorporate the use of the Visual Reflexes Integration program daily practice.
  20. Describe the specific Visual Reflexes and how to identify each reflex.
  21. Explain the natural coordination functions of the visual system.
  22. Apply specific techniques for the structural integration of the visual reflexes.
  23. Apply through hands-on supervision the exercises to implement MNRI® neuro-stimulation techniques designed to assess, activate, and integrate challenged visual reflexes including Pupillary Reflex, Consensual Reflex, Accommodation Reflex, Corneal Reflex, Eyes Staring Reflex, Vestibulo-Ocular Reflex, Optokinetic Reflex and Gaze Reflex.
  24. Explain how to develop individual programs using the MNRI® Method to balance, activate and integrate these reflexes
  25. Apply the MNRI ® Method to develop individual programs for people having emotional, motivational, cognitive and movement challenges.

Course Agenda:

Day 1

Hour 1: Visual and Auditory Systems

Hour 2: Motor Reflexes in the Development of the Nervous System

Hour 3: "Seeing-Hearing" Coordination

Lunch 1 hour

Hour 4: Development of Visual and Auditory Reflex Integration

Hours 5-6: Coordination Functions of the Auditory Systems

Hours 7-8: MNRI® Reflex Assessment Procedures

Day 2

Hours 1-2: Visual Reflexes
 

Hours 3-4: Natural Coordination
 

Lunch 1 hour
 

Hours 5-6: Auditory System
 

Hour 7: Integration of reflex systems
 

Hour 8: Auditory Reflexes

Day 3

Hour 1: Auditory Reflexes
 

Hour 2: Auditory coordination Systems
 

Hours 3-4: Visual and Auditory Reflexes
 

Lunch 1 hour
 

Hours 5-6: Visual and Auditory Reflexes Continued
 

Hours 7-8: Assessment Protocol

Financial Disclosure: Dr. Leah Light receives a stipend based upon an enrollment percentage.

Non-financial Disclosure: No relevant relationship exists.
No relevant relationship exists.

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 21 days of the course start date. Full refunds will be issued if the course is canceled due to the low number of attendees.

We recommend that attendees who will be flying do not purchase their flight until after the 21 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 21 days prior to the course.
  • A 10% administration charge will be retained for cancellations within 15-20 days prior to the course.
  • A 25% administration charge will be retained for cancellations within 14 days prior to the course.
Transferring Policy

Participants who wish to transfer registration and payment to another SMEI course may do so up to 21 days prior with no penalty. If within the 21 days, a 10% administration fee will be charged.
*Participant must have selected the course they wish to transfer to at the time of the request. All refunds will be held until the transfer course has been selected. 

* A 2.5% transaction fee (processing fee) will be withheld on all refunds that were processed using credit card/Pay Pal. If a participant wishes the refund to be paid directly to their account via credit card/Pay Pal, the participant will be charged an additional 2.5% transaction fee (processing fee). Refund by check is available upon request. For questions contact us.

Course Hours: 24

CEUs: This course is offered for 2.4 ASHA CEUs
(Introductory level, Professional area)
This course is offered for 2.4 AOTA CEUs / 24 Contact Hours
(Introductory level; Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation, Intervention)

CE Hours: This course is offered for 24 NCBTMB CE Hours

Prerequisite Classes:
  • MNRI® Dynamic and Postural Reflex Integration
For any questions regarding prerequisites, please contact us or fill out the prerequisite exception form.