Course Hours: 24
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.
Participants of this MNRI® course will participate in both the course discussion and hands-on supervised practice. In the course, participants will be introduced to information about neurophysiological aspects of the reflex integration and its benefits for brain functions and control of behavior. The focus of this class is information about functioning of the basal ganglia region of the brain in individuals with neurodeficits and learning challenges.
The basal ganglia of a human brain is a set of subcortical nuclei situated in the interbrain system concerned with many functions, such as: motor activity, routine behavior, emotional processes, memory and learning, which are discussed within the perspective of reflex integration and its negative affect when the reflex is immature.
The course is based on traditional neurophysiological and recent scientific evidences found in brain research by different authors. This research demonstrates delay or poor development of the basal ganglia functions in children and adults with neurodeficits such as autism, brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder and affects their everyday functioning and learning.
Development of the cortex and subcortical areas of the brain is dependent on the neurological maturation of the lower motor neurons forming an extrapyramidal nerve tract in the brain stem, which includes properly functioning physiological circuits, well developed nerve net system, myelination of the axons, neurotransmission at synapses, and proper formation of the extrapyramidal nerve tract. This fact points out the importance of reflex maturation for the basal ganglia system to respond properly. The Program of Reflex Patterns Integration is key for the solution of the developmental challenges in the frame of the basal ganglia work, which affects the whole limbic system.
Undesired habits, limiting routine behavior, repetitive actions, poor or immature decision making, negative emotional anchors, lack of focusing and memorizing, improper excitement, fears, tendency for aggression, poor socialization and social imitation all cause the improper functioning of the basal ganglia and whole limbic system functioning. Dysfunctions in this area of the brain can be rooted and seen in the non-integrated state of infant reflexes and early neural development. In its turn, the stress, distress, post-traumatic experience, brain injury, and being stuck in limiting behavioral-thinking patterns also can be the reason for dysfunctions of the basal ganglia system. Intensive or long-term stress and neuro-deficits activate our defensive responses and protection becomes a “chronic” ground of our activities, and limits our possibilities, motivation and learning. Dealing with cortex functions is not enough or productive in cases when the subcortical areas of the brain are involved and immature.
The strategy of solving these challenges with brain functions through reflex integration procedures on the level of the basal ganglia is essential.
The course will present procedures and techniques for the work with primary reflex patterns that serve to establish the proper physiological circuits, development and maturation of the limbic system and its basal ganglia, as well as other corresponding centers and links. The basal ganglia being a part of limbic system and responsible for coordinating motor activity and other brain functions, it can serve as the basis for integration of reflex patterns and executive functions of the brain for the formation of internal control on the levels of conscious and unconscious functioning (L Vygotsky, 1986) for physical development, emotional life, and cognitive functions.
The participants of the course will be introduced to information about the role of reflex integration affecting the limbic system functioning. The limbic system consisting of basal ganglia, hippocampus, amygdalae and other parts deals with emotional responses and behavior, long term memory and skills, olfactory responses, feelings of comfort and safety, motivation and self-regulation, estimation, focusing, and other cognitive processes. Reflex integration affects different parts of limbic system:
The basal ganglia play a central role in “teaching” our brain-body system for inhibition of nonproductive and not-needed motor responses, emotions, and behavioral actions. Damage to the basal ganglia lead to poor development of internal control development, and causes disorder in a number of neurological conditions that can lead to more severe pathologies including:
According to neurological research, the basal ganglia (the nucleus accumbens, ventral pallidum, and ventral tegmental area) play an important role in rewarding learning through the use of the dopamine neurotransmitter. Improper work of this area can activate the repetitive or addictive patterns in behavior and emotions and cause a tendency for reactivity of routine actions. Basal ganglia also will affect the GABA neurotransmitter and its inhibiting functions effecting internal control and focusing. Psychological explanation of this mechanism was presented by I. Setchenov in 1930s in his concept of overstimulation of certain centers in the brain leading to “dominant over-excitation”, and explained by L. Vygotsky in his theory of child cognitive development through the pallidar system in brain development. New objective brain research proves these concepts more clearly: the reasons for poor neurodevelopment are rooted in a lack of integration of the sensory-motor system and their corresponding work of excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters. To bring the child or adult to a level of possibility to develop inner control and self-socialization seems possible when sensory-motor integration is applied to reflexes.
Repatterning techniques and exercises for these reflex patterns are necessary to create a sufficient neurophysiological basis for development of inner control for cognitive skills: focusing, decoding, memorizing and thinking. Development and maturation of the group of reflexes concerned with the work of basal ganglia and limbic system helps the development of the links between motor coordination and inner control for behavior, emotional life and cognition. This course will offer examples of techniques, games, and activities to make the integration sessions using MNRI® exercises interesting and motivating for children and adults. One of most important goals of the course is to develop motivation and social skills through activation of so called mirror neurons responsible for the formation of imitation mechanisms.
The Reflex Integration and the Basal Ganglia Program can be used with children and adults with challenging behavior and immature emotional sphere, memory deficits; motor and speech delays; poor social skills and disorientation, problems with decoding and modeling, and “mapping” and imitating problems; and, as a stress/distress release program. Course participants will also learn about the assessment of primary and natural movements and reflexes, as well as specific exercises to integrate neurodevelopment delays.
Learner Objectives: MNRI® Basal Ganglia Reflex Integration
Hour 1: Neurosensorimotor reflex integration as the basis for the successful support of functions of the basal ganglia
Hour 2: Behavioral-cognitive links in individuals with challenges
Hour 3: Rules and basis for creating these behavioral-cognitive anchors
Hour 4: Reflexes patterns and their specific involvement in development
Hours 5-6: Reflexes patterns and their specific involvement in development continued
Hours 7-8: Reflexes patterns and their specific involvement in the development of mirror cells
Hour 9: Reflexes patterns involvement in motor programming
Hours 10-11: Reflex patterns involvement in inner control and in the social behavior system
Hour 12: Basis for development
Hours 13-14: Basis for the formation of primary coordination
Hour 15: Facilitation of non-cortical (non-classical) auditory perception and processing
Hour 16: Basis for the formation of motor-cognitive coordination and fine motor skills
Hours 17-18: Correlation of reflex patterns, emotions, behavior and learning skills
Hour 19: Nonintegrated or immature reflex patterns
Hour 21: Individual programs
Hours 20-22: Individual programs continued
Hour 23: Rules for creating the links
Hour 24: Summarize course activities
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Course Completion Requirements: Full attendance is required to receive a certificate of completion and any available credit hours or CEUs.
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.
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