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MNRI® Upper Limbs Reflex and Manual Skill Integration

NOTICE: This class was originally online only and an in-person portion was added. Class Schedule: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, September 27-29, 2023. 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Eastern Time (Breaks Included). (7:00 AM to 1:00 PM Pacific Time)
A digital copy of the manual is included with your registration. Hard copies are available for purchase following registration.
Dates: September 27-29, 2023
Dates: Course begins at 7:00 am
Location: Pleasanton, CA
Address: 1249 Quarry Lane
Address:  Suite 120
Address:  Pleasanton, CA
Address:  94583
Instructor: Diane Whiteside
Local Area  
Coordinator: Diane Whiteside
Email: dianewt3@att.net
Phone: 916-396-1721
$495 - First Time Attendance
$297 - Repeat Attendance

CEUs: This course is offered for 1.6 ASHA CEUs
(Introductory level, Professional area)
This course is offered for 1.6 AOTA CEUs / 16 Contact Hours
(Introductory; Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation, Intervention)

CE Hours: This course is offered for 16 NCBTMB CE Hours

Prerequisite Classes:
  • MNRI® Dynamic and Postural Reflex Integration
For any questions regarding prerequisites, please contact us.
The Svetlana Masgutova Educational Institute (SMEI) is committed to a sustainable future. We are excited to provide a digital course manual with every class registration, both online and in-person. While we invite you to join us in our efforts, we understand hard copies may be easier for some. Therefore, printed manuals will remain available for purchase. To order yours, use the link provided on your receipt or via your MasgutovaMethod.com account.

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:

Upper limb reflexes begin development in the womb and are among the first reflexes to actively engage after birth, first to protect us from harm, and second (once security is ensured) to allow active exploration of the outside world.  As upper limb motor reflexes engage and mature, they form the foundation for the development of learned manual skills. Once basic manual skills become automatic, advanced skills begin to emerge and a child’s movement repertoire expands and advances to include gross motor skills, fine motor coordination, and the motor planning ability necessary to productively function in the world. Manual skills are not the only developmental abilities dependant upon upper limb reflex integration. The visual and auditory systems as well as verbal, written, and general communication-related abilities all depend on adequate upper limb reflex integration. Fine motor coordination systems, including the hands-eyes, hands-auditory, and hands-articulation systems, link fine motor coordination to visual, auditory, and vocal decoding, allowing communication to develop from sounds to words, to conversations, to reading, to writing, to comprehension and more. MNRI Upper Limb Reflex and Manual Skills techniques target reflexes and the underlying neuro-structural system to engage and improve manual, gross, or fine motor skill function and speech delays.  Many professionals subject to fatigue or upper limb injury often use the upper limb and manual skill techniques as a stress release program.


Learner Objectives: MNRI Upper Limb Reflex and Manual Skill integration

  1. Explain the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI) Method and its connection to the innate nature of the motor reflex system.

  2. Explain the role of a reflex and its sensory, motor, and central nervous system mechanisms.

  3. Describe how the MNRI process for upper limbs is a facilitation program for genetic motor pattern development.

  4. Describe the role of the motor reflex pattern in the development of the nervous system.

  5. Explain how the brain engages in protection versus learning and development.

  6. Describe how to use the neuro-developmental techniques found in this program to facilitate sensorimotor integration for manual reflex patterns.

  7. Explain how a delay or inhibition of any of the natural motor development movement patterns can affect the overall development of a child.

  8. Explain how the primary movement system provides protection, ensures survival and generates innate spontaneous movements to sustain and regulate the body.

  9. Explain how upper limb reflexes and related manual skills are involved in the formation of conscious motor control within the brain-body system.

  10. Demonstrate the role of upper limb reflexes and related manual skill development within the motor reflex system and the neurosensorimotor reflex integration basis for the successful development of manual skills.

  11. Describe how fine motor control, hands-eyes, hands-articulation, and hands-auditory systems are necessary for fine motor coordination and self-regulation.

  12. Demonstrate how to implement MNRI assessment techniques to determine the integration state of a reflex pattern (i.e. integrated, dysfunctional or pathological) of each upper limb reflex.

  13. Demonstrate motivating games and activities to use in conjunction with MNRI techniques to enhance the upper limb integration process.

  14. Describe how to create and apply an individual MNRI program for clients with various challenges.

  15. Demonstrate strategies to incorporate the use of the MNRI Upper Limb Reflex and Manual Skill course content into daily client and home practice.

  16. Demonstrate and apply through supervised hands-on practice strategies for the following reflex patterns addressed in this course;  Primary Motor Reflex Patterns • Asymmetric Tonic Neck (ATNR) • Hands Pulling • Robinson Grasp • Babkin Palmomental • Hands Supporting (Parachute) Additional Motor Reflexes • Sequential Fingers Closing • Sequential Fingers Opening Upper Limb Neuro-Structural Integration Techniques • Upper Limbs Segment Stroking • Wrist Flexion Extension Activation • Fingers Compression/Traction • Arm Embracing Squeeze • Babkin Palmomental Activation • Hand/Palm Proprioceptive Stimulation • Wrist-Elbow-Arm Rotations • Pincer Gripping Activation • Finger Base Proprioceptive Stimulation • Forearm Activation • Tripod Gripping Activation • Sequential Arm Opening • Forearm Two Bone Stimulation • Pyramid Finger Activation/Squeezing • Rainbow Arms • Wrist Joint Circular Stimulation • Thumb Stress Release • Variant Hand Grasp Pattern.

MNRI® Upper Limbs and Manual Skills

Day 1:

Hour 1: Movement as a basis of Natural Development

Hour 2:  Upper Limb and Manual Skills Development

Hour 3:  Robinson Hand Grasp, Babkin and Hands Pulling

Lunch 1 hour

Hour 4:  Neuro-Physiological Basis for Development

Hours 5-6: MNRI® Reflex Assessment

Hours 7-8: Foundations for Natural Development

Day 2:

Hour 1: Natural Flow of Intentional and Controlled Movements

Hour 2: Individual Therapy Program

Hour 3: Behavioral, Social, and Cognitive Changes

Hour 4: Up-Down Motor Coordination System

Lunch 1 hour

Hour 5: Development of Lifelong Reflexes

Hour 6-7: Technique practice

Hour 8: Summarize Course Activities

Financial Disclosure: Diane Whiteside receives a stipend based upon an enrollment percentage.

Non-financial Disclosure: 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: Full attendance is required to receive a certificate of completion and any available credit hours or CEUs.

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 10 days of the course start date. Full refunds (or transfer of funds to online account for future use) 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 10 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.
Manual Download Policy

Once a student has downloaded the manual or any course resources, payment for this course can be transferred to a different time and location of the same course; however NO REFUNDS and NO TRANSFERS TO A DIFFERENT COURSE are allowed, even if the course is cancelled by the LAC or Instructor.

Transferring Policy

Participants who wish to transfer registration and payment to another SMEI course may do so.
*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/PayPal. If a participant wishes the refund to be paid directly to their account via credit card/PayPal, PayPal 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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