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MNRI® Birth and Post-Birth Reflex Integration

Dates: October 20-22, 2020
Dates: Registration at 8:30am. Course begins at 9am
Location: Orlando, FL
Address: Svetlana Masgutova Educational Institute
Address:  6275 Hazeltine National Dr, Orlando, FL 32822
Local Area  
Coordinator: Jessica Rife
Email: jessica@masgutovafoundation.org
Phone: 352-494-9829

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; Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation, Intervention)

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

Current training level required: Level 3
-- OR --
Prerequisite Classes:
  • MNRI® Dynamic and Postural Reflex Integration
  • MNRI® NeuroTactile Integration
Any 7 additional classes are also required
For any questions regarding prerequisites, please contact us.

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 MNRI Birth and Post-Birth Reflex Integration program focuses on the same set of primary motor reflex patterns addressed by the Dynamic and Postural Motor Reflex Integration program. This is because most primary motor reflex patterns begin development in the womb and engage in combination with the biological mothers system during the birth process. The birth process includes four stages: the beginning, process, integration, and finish. Through each birth stage, birth mechanisms innate to the bodies of the mother and the baby, work together to ensure a successful birth.  In the beginning stage, the baby’s head crowns into the birth canal as his Spinal Pereze reflex engage and triggers maternal delivery mechanisms to begin the birth process. During the process stage, the Spinal Pereze reflex triggers additional motor reflexes to engage, including the Head Extension, Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex, Babinski, Spinal Galant, and Asymmetrical Tonic Neck, all in an effort to keep the baby’s head pushing forward through the birth canal. During the integration stage, the baby engages side-turning motions to assure sufficient forward momentum to make it through the birth canal, including, among others, Sequential Rolling and Spinning. Finally, during the finishing phase, the baby’s head emerges from the birth canal into the world, organizing his shoulders and movements with the help of the Sequential Rolling, Spinning, Body Righting and Asymmetric Tonic Neck reflexes. 

The Birth and Post-Birth Reflex Course provides participants with the depth and breadth of information to understand the role the birth process plays in activating and engaging reflexes, readying the sensory system for the outside world, and establishing a foundation for post-birth reflex patterns to activate, mature and integrate. The MNRI Birth and Post-Birth Reflex Integration course explores:

  • The general MNRI Method and the role played by the Birth and Post-Birth Reflex Integration program
  • The progression of birth and post-birth reflexes beginning in utero and continuing through childhood
  • The role birth and post-birth reflexes in establishing a foundation for motor, communication and cognitive development, and emotional and behavioral regulation
  • MNRI techniques to assess, pattern, and integrate birth and post-birth reflexes
  • How to create MNRI birth and post-birth reflex integration programs for individual clients
  • How to incorporate use of MNRI Birth and Post-Birth Reflex Integration course content into daily client and home practice

Program/Course Objectives

Participants of this MNRI® course will participate in both the course discussion and hands-on supervised practice. In this course, participants will be introduced to information about the neuro- anatomy and neurophysiology of a reflex, and its specifics at of birth/delivery time and post-birth period, and how it links with protection and survival, and neuro-developmental mechanisms.

This course demonstrates the basis for reflex integration in newborn in the new environment - air and gravity stress, and the ways for establishing neurosensorimotor processing for optimal brain functioning, the psychological/emotional comfort and its influence on health, motivation, cognition and emotional life.

Participants will be introduced to the knowledge of the birth as a process and activation of the flow of reflexes during different stages of the birth process. Birth as a natural process following through four stages and seven stages of delivery must be a coherent process, and flow and finish properly, according to the inherent genetic plan. The birth stages: preparation, action, integration, and completion - determine the anchors for future exploration of the word and learning, and behavior formation. Each birth stage has its own structure and mechanisms, and also triggers specific corresponding reflexes allowing for future newborn to come to this world naturally, successfully and healthy.

All in birth – its stages and phases, delivery (mother and a baby’s physical interaction at birth)), and reflexes and basic motor patterns must ‘work’ as one action – coordinated way and in a special tune and rhythm. Participants will be introduced to the techniques for the work with Birth and Post-Birth motor and reflex patterns in infants, children and adults accenting on the work in those individuals that have experienced stressful or traumatic birth and with neurodeficits and learning challenges. Particularly the techniques for the work with such reflex patterns, as: Moro and Fear Paralysis, Core

Tendon Guard, ATNR, Perez, Head Righting, Galant, Spinning, also with some breathing, oral- facial, visual, and auditory reflex patterns will be proposed. Discussion of consequences of stressful/traumatic birth resulting by inhibition of the development and maturation of the reflexes and sensorimotor integration mechanisms and increasing over-protection and survival blocking successful functioning will be undertaken.

Repatterning techniques and exercises for Birth and Post-Birth reflex patterns will be introduced to create a sufficient neurophysiological basis for feeling safe, inner strength and motivation, organization of proper perception and processing of the input, and thus development of different cognitive skills – visual and auditory, and thinking process. Postural control mechanisms will also be addressed. Exercises for development and maturation of the reflex patterns concerned with the breathing system, emotional stability at Birth will be discussed. This course will offer MNRI® exercises, movements and techniques that regulate the activity and maturation of Birth and Post- Birth motor patterns. The Birth and Post-Birth Reflex Integration course can be used with children and adults with deficits in development of protection mechanisms; tendencies for stress, PTSD, fear and phobias, instable behavior, emotional disorientation, motor and speech delays. It also can be used as a stress release program for all individuals of any age and any psychical and mental state and talents.

Upon successful completion of the three-day, 24-hour MNRI®: Birth and Post-Birth Reflex Integration. Optimize Innate Developmental Resources course participants will:

  1. Develop knowledge of the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration process as the basis 
for successful development of the proper functioning of first motor and reflex patterns for 
optimal functioning of the sensorimotor integration and brain development. 

  2. Investigate the links of the birth process and reflex patterns, and protective responses serving for creating the “anchors” for exploration of the world and “code” of learning activating the natural 
innate mechanisms of neurodevelopment and neuroplasticity. 

  3. Learn about the following reflexes and their specific involvement in the development of 
antigravity mechanisms and cognitive skills: Tonic Labyrinthine in Flexion and Extension, Core Tendon Guard, STNR, ATNR, Trunk Extension, Gravity, Balancing, Head Righting, Perez, Galant, Head Righting, Hands Pulling, Sequential Rolling and Spinning, and also specific “Crowning Reflex”, and others. 

  4. Investigate the following reflexes and their specific involvement in the development of visual and auditory systems at post-birth period (at birth and during first 10 days). 

  5. Explore how breathing reflex patterns are involved in muscular-tendon-ligaments tone regulation, postural control, and antigravity abilities of future of the newborn. 

  6. Discuss the basis for the formation of primary links of birth motor activity and its influence on the proprioceptive and cognitive coordination: vision fixation, acoustic activation, kinesthetic memory. 

  7. Participate in techniques and games, and activities that enhance the MNRI® process in an interesting and motivating manner. 

  8. Receive supervised hands-on-training to:
  • Conduct evaluation of Birth and Post-Birth motor and reflex patterns and to recognize those 
that are nonintegrated or immature as the effect of the birth stress or trauma. 

  • Develop individual programs to repattern, activate, and integrate Birth and Post-Birth reflex 
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Motor patterns:

1) “Head Crowning”
2) “Head Extension Body Turning Inside 3) “Head Uprighting (extension) Axis Rotation of the head

Breathing Reflexes:

• Inhalation-Exhalation Cycle • Sneezing

Reflex patterns active at different birth stages:

Birth stage – 1

• Spinal Perez
• Head Tilting–Neck Flexion • Head Crowning
• STNR in Flexion
• Babinski
• Leg Cross flexion-Extension • ATNR

Birth stage – 2

• Spinal Perez
• Head Up - Righting
• Labyrinthine in Extension
• Spine Stretching
• STNR in Extension
• Babinski
• Leg Cross Flexion-Extension • STNR

4) Sequential Side Rotation (=Segmental rolling): Head Shoulder Hip
5) Sequential Side Rotation: Head Shoulder Hip

• Coughing

Birth stage – 3

• Spinal Perez
• Spinal Galant
• Babinski
• Crawling
• Leg Cross Flexion-Extension • STNR in Extension
• Trunk Extension

Birth stage – 4

• Spinal Perez
• Spinal Galant
• Sequential Side Rotation
• Spinning
• STNR in Extension
• Babinski
• Leg Cross flexion-Extension • ATNR
• Spinning

  • Work with specific techniques for dysfunctional and pathological Birth and Post-Birth reflex patterns. 

  • Explore the possibilities of positive changes in body response for exploration and self- awareness through integration of Birth and Post-Birth reflex patterns. 

  • Develop individual corrective programs based on evaluation and exercises for integration of Birth and Post-Birth reflex patterns to enhance overall emotional, motivational, and motor challenges, and stress resistance and management. 

9. Evaluate and develop appropriate strategies to incorporate the use of the MNRI® Birth and Post- Birth Reflex Integration program into daily practice.

Motor patterns and reflexes addressed in this course

Post-birth reflexes:

The order of switching on:
Tactile Bridge (for stress release) ATNR Tonic Labyrinthine in Extension

Moro Embracing Crawling Sucking Nourishing Bonding Prerequisite: MNRI® Dynamic & Postural Reflex Integration course is an essential prerequisite.

Course Length: The course covers a period of three (3) days and requires a minimum of 24 hours of direct classroom instruction.

Financial Disclosure: 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.

In Person Courses: Self Assessment and technique demonstration.
On line Courses: Self Assessment and technique demonstration.

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, Pay Pal may also charge the participant an additional 2.5% transaction fee (processing fee). Refund by check is available upon request. For questions contact us.

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