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The Healing Power of Touch: How Touch Can Teach

The healing power of touch for children with autism

He was only seven years old

Mike came kicking and clawing into my office, accompanied by his mom, two brothers and his companion, who had bloodied scratch marks on both arms.

Mikewas clearly in fight or flight mode, completely overcome by his inability to cope with any sensory information bombarding his brain.

Just outside my examining room, Mike threw himself on the floor, repeatedly banging his head and flailing his arms. His mom looked at me and said sadly, “Welcome to my every day.” She appeared exhausted and overwhelmed, but could not allow herself to be defeated for fear of failing her son.

It was pointless to examine Mike at that moment. His sensory processing issues were so severe, and he was in crisis. I immediately put him on my massage table and began using MasgutovaNeurosensorimotor Reflex IntegrationSM (MNRI®) in which I am a certified Core Specialist. Within moments of doing the Hands Supporting Technique, Mike quieted down and stopped banging his head. I then used my hands to place firm pressure (proprioception) on one arm using the Embracing Squeeze technique and demonstrated to his mom how to do the same on his other arm. She eagerly followed my lead. Next, we moved to Finger Pyramids, walking our fingers up each of Mike’s fingers from the fingertip to the knuckles and then sliding down each finger using strong traction. Mike relaxed. We worked together for an hour, with Mike laying comfortably on the table.

So why did his behavior change so dramatically?

During this time, Mike’s brain actually connected to his body, and he was more in control of his behavior.At the end, he sat up and hugged his mother, then turned and hugged me. Tears ran down his mom’s cheeks as she explained that hugging was Mike’s way of thanking me.

Children with autism are often so disconnected from their largest sensory system, their sense of touch; nevertheless, we often give little attention to this system when working with them. Touch is our most primal sense, and our ability to perceive touch begins early in utero. Our capacity to feel and discriminate touch directly relates to our ability to feel and understand our emotions.This is often lacking in children on the autism spectrum.

By using the Masgutova techniques, we help to integrate the somatosensory system, or systems of touch.It is only when we learn to feel our bodies and have a sense of self, of where we begin and where we end, can we start to relate ourselves to our environment.

Even at age seven.

Why MNRI is Our Favorite Most Successful Treatment for Autism

Autism, MNRI, Masgutova, Primary reflexes, autism spectrum disorder, primary reflexes

Movement is the key to development.

From the moment of conception, cells form, divide, and multiply. Within weeks, a tiny fetus begins to move, and life takes on a rhythm of its own. When movement is impaired or restricted for whatever reason, other social and cognitive aspects of development become delayed or weakened.

After birth, our movements become referenced to the universal force of gravity. If we do not bend and extend in an appropriate manner to support ourselves against gravity, our sensory processing becomes impaired, and higher levels of development can be negatively affected.

This is true of most children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), where the beautiful scaffolding of neurological development becomes uprooted, like a tree blown over by a hurricane!

Neurological wiring becomes scrambled, and incoming sensory information doesn’t make sense.

At Brainchild Institute, we work with neurodevelopment from its most humble beginnings, the primary reflexes.

Primary reflexes are stereotypical responses that are genetically preprogrammed in all infants for the purposes of survival and protection during the early stages of infancy. As a child’s sensorimotor system develops in relation to gravity, the primary reflexes merge into more deliberate, advanced forms of movement.

We are no longer stimulus driven, but can selectively attend to some things while tuning out others by choice.

By addressing retained or unintegrated primary reflexes, our goal is to retrain the brain starting with the most basic of brain functions, since we all know a strong foundation is needed for any kind of structure to exist. Using MNRI (MasgutovaNeurosensorimotor Reflex Integration) techniques, we provide specific sensory stimulation and remind the body how to move in response to this stimulation in a repetitive manner until the reflex is re-established and then properly integrated.

Until recently, most interventions have been aimed at teaching children how to adapt and compensate around their poorly matured or unintegrated primary reflexes.

Compensatory movements take more time and are less efficient.

Our brain thrives on efficiency and speed. At Brainchild Institute, we have found that by using the simple MNRI techniques, we can actually “reprogram” primary reflexes to help them complete their course of development and “reset” the scaffolding of neurological development so that it is more effective and efficient.

Children with ASD benefit tremendously as do children with many other types of disorders including learning disabilities, social disorders, ADD/ADHD, and motor impairments, to name a few.

The net result is calmer, happier, more physically connected and emotionally grounded children who can begin to chart a more normal course of development.

And that is movement in the right direction.

Masgutova Method Producing Incredible Results

Masgutova seems to be producing some incredible results for typer development. We covered the topic at the Put-in-Bay Conference. Apparently, the myelin sheath of our nervous system grows or retracts based on what happens to us in life. Some of us learned that was not possible. But practices such as this method stimulate nervous pathway formation and improve nervous system function even in adults. This is leading to acquiring capabilities that the body is primed to provide and just needs a path to grow into. Stem cell work unrelated to Masgutova is showing that the body has a template of itself and simply needs the right circumstances to fill that template. Check it out. Typers who are getting this treatment are making incredible progress. Learn more