What Reflex Integration Is All About
The MNRI Approach
The Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration Program is based on the theory that reflexes are the foundation of all physical, cognitive, and emotional development. If reflexes are not fully integrated, it can prevent more mature movement, emotional, and cognitive patterns from developing. In order to reach your highest potential of development, primitive reflexes need to be integrated. For example, the MORO reflex is a protective startle response that all infants are born with. It triggers the babies arms and legs to extend with sudden movement or a loud sound. Over time that fully integrates and the baby is able to be placed down for diaper changes or hear the dog bark with out extending their limbs. If that does not integrate, a child may still be fearful of sounds or movement, or have difficulty calming down when he or she is upset. It may be hard to tell if a reflex has not been integrated, since a child or baby has learned over time to stop acting out the reflex (i.e. extending their limbs for MORO) but the behavior persists (i.e. fearfulness).
Symptoms of retained reflexes may include:
Fine & Gross Motor Delays
Poor Handwriting & Visual Motor Skills
Specific exercises that stimulate the sensory input and motor response of that reflex can help integrate a retained reflex for optimal performance of all skills.