Below are frequently asked questions regarding RDI and MNRI.
What is the role of the RDI Consultant?
RDI Consultants work with families where a child’s developmental disabilities have disrupted or prevented the formation of the critical parent-child guiding relationship. The family consultant does not take the place of specialists and therapists. RDI Consultants educate, support, guide and team with families facing the difficulties presented by Autism.
What do parents learn and do in the program?
Parents learn to slow down and amplify the information feedback system so that both parents and children are more readily able to respond to one another, setting the stage for new discoveries. Another important objective is to develop an effective collaboration between the child’s primary caregivers. Each person is not required to be equally involved, or to progress at the same rate. However, those individuals who play a significant role in the child’s life must learn to recognize how their actions may support, or impede the development of Guiding Relationships.
How do you measure success?
We do not believe that success can be measured by checking mastered objectives off a list. Rather, it must be based on the ability of the family to construct and maintain an environment for the vulnerable child that provides lifelong opportunities for mental growth and that eventually leads to self-management and personal ownership of development.
Who participates in the program?
Participants are parents and concerned family members, along with a vulnerable “child” of any age.
What is the length of time families participate?
The program has no defined length. It is designed to accommodate parents and children with a wide range of obstacles and handicapping conditions. Therefore participation may range anywhere from one to several years.
Can I work with a Consultant if they are not local to me?
Yes! We can work with you efficiently via phone and internet.
How expensive is RDI?
RDI is less expensive than many status quo therapy options. The work goes into the parents guiding the child, so the strategies can be implemented pervasively and indefinitely.
What is MNRI?
MNRI stands for the Masgutova NeuroSensory Reflex Integration Program. MNRI is a series of developmental programs that begin with the proper integration of the basic neuro-sensory reflexes that are present at birth and later play important roles in all other aspects of development of the brain.
What is a reflex?
A reflex is a conscious or non-conscious response to input. Babies are born with reflexes that are tested at birth. The natural birthing process signals the brain to begin integration of the reflexes. When neural reflexes are properly integrated, it leads normal development of communication, cognition, motor, and sensory abilities.
What if reflexes are not integrated?
A delay, omission or failure to complete any of the phases of reflex development affects the formation of future skills. As a result, appropriately matured neural networks are not created. Dysfunction or compensations develop, making the true function of the reflex unreliable during periods of stress.
Nonintegrated reflexes cause the person to function on a survival level, which in turn leads to a narrowing of attention span, a lack of cause-and-effect thinking, and poor control of motor skills, behavior and spontaneous movement.
How does MNRI work?
MNRI systematically provides the brain with sensory input paired with the correct motor patterned responses. MNRI Specialists will look assess how the person’s reflexes are functioning and design a specific plan for how to prioritize and implement a program. Parents are trained on how to do the MNRI work at home with their child with support from a specialist.
What does MNRI “look” like?
MNRI work is done on the body, giving sensory input and passive motor patterning. The child does not have to actively participate, and can even be asleep during implementation of MNRI.
Is MNRI available in the Raleigh-Durham area?
Yes! Contact Amy Cameron at Pathways Treatment Center 919-9312819.