Why MNRI is Our Favorite Most Successful Treatment for Autism

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.