Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Tactile Integration Training Course Comes to Carmel, IN, September 16-17, 2016

This past April, Saved By Typing was pleased to host a visit from Svetlana Masgutova, Ph.D., founder of the Svetlana Masgutova Educational Institute (SMEI,) when she brought her Masgutova Method®, a comprehensive set of programs that focus on motor reflex and sensory system integration, to Central Indiana. The weekend included 30-minute individual assessments by Dr. Masgutova (which was completely sold out,) followed by two days of parent-caregiver training classes in the unique Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex IntegrationSM (MNRI) techniques.

Dr. Masgutova developed the Masgutova Method® following her graduate and doctoral work in Russia where she had access to a broad cross section of pioneering Russian research, and after attending to the survivors of the Ufa train accident, where hundreds of people, many of them children, perished or were severely injured and traumatized. CLICK HERE to learn more about Dr. Masgutova and how she developed her program.

Many of the event attendees expressed interest in learning more about the Masgutova Method® and additional programs offered by the Svetlana Masgutova Educational Institute (SMEI.) To help fulfill this interest, SMEI will be returning to Central Indiana on September 16 and 17 with their two-day Tactile Integration Course. Currently, registration cost is $410 each for first-time attendees, or $246 each for REPEAT attendees, but will increase on Saturday, August 27 with a 10% “late registration” fee. If you plan to attend, register within the next 3 days to avoid this fee.

To register for this course, go to:, then select the event “Sep 16-17, 2016 : MNRI® Tactile Integration.”

Course classes will be held in the conference room of the Courtyard Marriott, 17863 Foundation Dr, in Noblesville, IN 46060.

Please pass this information on to anyone you think might be interested in attending.  The classes are already filling up, with 11 people already registered… don’t miss out!!

For more information, directly contact the event coordinator, Behavior Consultant & MNRI Core Specialist-in-Training Melissa R. Troutman, BS, MA, at 765-425-8062, or by email,

Course Overview:

Course Hours:16
CEUs:This course is offered for 1.6 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area)
CE Hours:This course is offered for 16 NCBTMB CE Hours

Information regarding the Tactile Integration Course taken from the Masgutova website:

Skin, our largest organ, forms the boundary between our physical being and the outside world.  It also houses the tactile system, which allows the body to access tactile sensations from the outside world. The skin possesses eleven different tactile receptors to distinguish the broad array of tactile stimuli input encountered by the body. This set of tactile receptors helps to inform and prioritize incoming sensory information for the central nervous system to process.  Once processed, the central nervous system directs the body’s actions in response to ever-changing tactile conditions. Due to congenital issues or trauma (in utero, at birth, or anytime after birth), tactile system challenges can result, causing any one of the following conditions.

  • Hyper-sensitive Tactile System – Also referred to as tactile defensiveness, this results in a negative, over-reaction to touch that typically would not be a problem.  A person with a hyper-sensitive tactile system will often respond negatively to hugs, having their hair brushed or nails clipped, and complain about various textures, seams, tags and avoid wearing any form fitting clothes.  A simple skin scrape can elicit a reaction expected for a far more debilitating wound.
  • Hypo-sensitive Tactile System – A person with a hypo-sensitive tactile system often does not respond to tactile input that would cause most people to act.  A deep cut, a hard push, or other forms of physical harm lead to little or no reaction. Tactile input important to taking action and avoiding harm, is often missed by a person with a hypo-sensitive tactile system, leaving them at risk for great harm.  People with hypo-sensitive tactile systems often seeking more intense sensory stimulation in an effort to register sensation.
  • Non-Functioning Tactile System – A non-functioning tactile system is simply not working.

The reactions of a person with either a hyper- or hypo-sensitive tactile systems, often seem bigger or smaller than normal conditions would dictate.  Such disproportionate reactions are often an indication that an individual’s tactile system is not appropriately engaged and integrated. The MNRI Tactile Integration program uses neuro-tactile techniques to stimulate different receptors in the skin, working to appropriately engage and integrate the tactile sensory system within the complete mind/body system. When the tactile system is integrated, the brain stem relaxes defensive reflexes, and opens the entire system to an experience of safety in which emotion and behavioral regulation improves and healthy motor, communication, and cognitive development can proceed.

Professionals, parents and caregivers interested in learning more about the MNRI Method and its various programs are encourage to attend this course early on, given the fundamental role it plays in emotional and behavioral regulation, and overall maturation and development. The Tactile Integration course explores in great detail the physiology and psychology of the tactile system, the developmental effects of over- and under-sensitive receptors, and the importance of an appropriately integrated tactile system to the process of integrating all motor reflex movement and patterns.”