The Masgutova method
The Brainchild Institute is proud to be a leader in offering the revolutionary Masgutova Method of Neuro-sensory-motor Reflex Integration (MNRI®). Developed by Russian psychologist and scientist, Dr. Svetlana Masgutova, the MNRI® method features the use of specifically trained techniques directed toward the restoration of the brain’s early neuronal circuits, which are developed through the primary motor system. These primary movements, described by Dr. Masgutova and others, are sometimes referred to in the literature as “primitive reflexes.” Dr. Masgutova’s techniques are aimed at addressing “reflexes gone astray” to restore the brain’s foundational structure upon which higher level skills such as attention, language, social finesse, and academic learning are built.
The program was created to foster brain development and enhance human potential for children and adults with some of the following challenges:
- Dyslexia and Hyperlexia
- Learning Disabilities
- Developmental delays
- Brain Injury
- Cerebral Palsy (CP)
- Autism and Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
- Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
- Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) – including those of the auditory and visual systems
- Genetic Disorders
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)
- Emotional instability
- Other symptoms including immune system deficiencies, chemical imbalances, metabolic disorders and allergies
Results of Dr. Masgutova’s work show the importance of addressing the primary motor system in any rehabilitative program. IRBs have been obtained and research to further validate the MNRI® method is currently being conducted through Keiser Presidente Health Care in San Mateo, CA. Dr. Masgutova emphasizes that primitive reflexes, once believed to extinguish as the brain develops, do not disappear but rather, are integrated into the development of more purposeful and goal oriented behaviors. She maintains that these reflexes are the units for sensory-motor and proprioceptive integration which enhance brain processing and are essential for human development.
In addition to offering therapeutic services utilizing the Masgutova Method, the Brainchild Institute also hosts workshops for parents and professionals in the community. To find out more about these programs, please fill out our contact form.