Sunday, March 01, 2009

Alternative Therapy Post

Alternative Therapy, I keep promising, but not writing about it, so here it is in brief form. I was investigating a therapy called: The Anat Banal Method (which is based here in San Rafael, California). I've heard people come from all over the world to see Anat. However after talking to some local moms decided to go with a different type of Therapy called: Svetlana Masgutova Method.

My local San Francisco Bay Area practicioner, Boutaina Rosen is amazing:

What is it? The Masgutova Neuro-sensory-motor Reflex Integration - MNRI ™ Method is a set of programs focused on the restoration and maturation of primary movements, reflexes, coordination systems, and skills for optimal performance of natural mechanisms, developmental processes, brain functioning, and sensory-motor integration.

And here is a bit more info:

Brain injury, birth trauma, abuse and neglect, chemical imbalances, allergies, sensory processing issues, autism, behavior disorders, cerebral palsy, Down's Syndrome, ADD, ADHD, Aspergers, learning disabilities, metabolic disorders, genetic disorders.

This group is for parents of children with challenges and the professionals working with them who are using the Masgutova Method. Adults with challenges are also welcome.

The Masgutova Method utilizes natural, non-invasive exercises to facilitate the rehabilitation of a variety of challenges using the body's own developmental resources. These effective and efficient methods require less resources than many other rehabilitative programs and are respective of each child's differences and personality. This method for addressing physical, psychological, intellectual, and emotional differences was founded by Dr. Svetlana Masgutova of the International Dr. Svetlana Masgutova Institute based in Poland.

We are seeing a local practitioner in this method. Boutaina Rosen. Here is her website: She is really wonderful. Kaitlyn has now been about 8 or 9 times. I have to say after the first 2 visits, I noticed a huge increase in her speech. Now I cant' honestly say if it was from doing this method or if it would have happened on it's own. That's always the hard part about alternative therapies. You want so much for your children, you will give everything you can and go into debt to try to give them as much as you possibly can to help them. We, (parents of special needs kids) can easily be taken advantage of.

I've also noticed that Kaitlyn really calms in Boutainas presence. It's very hard for Kaitlyn to be mellow and relax and "Bou" as Kaitlyn calls her loves Bou's massages.

Kaitlyn's special education class noticed a change too. She had 1 week of her new school before the Christmas holiday (and about 6 sessions) and upon returning to school her teacher felt that Kaitlyn's speech and interaction with others had really improved.

Who knows. I wish I could attribute all these changes to this new therapy. It might be working.

I've also been trying to give Kaitlyn supplements based on this: I purchased the audio CD called "The Biology Of Behavior" I do highly recommend getting this CD. Really good stuff. I've always given Kaitlyn probiotics, but I increased her dose of probiotics, added calcium/magnesium and Omega 3 (instead of just Flax seed).

So which is it? the new therapy? The new vitamins/supplements? Her new special school. Just normal development? Who knows. I can't say, BUT I can say that I do think Kaitlyn has really improved in terms of her language and interaction. She still really doesn't like to make eye contact much or to be hugged. She still loves to roll around on stuff, BUT I do think she's doing really well.


Anonymous said...


I give my son Florastor (Probiotic) can you tell me what kind of additional supplement of cal and mag with omega you are using with Katkin? Thanks.


liz.mccarthy said...

Now that Kaitlyn can take things orally, I'm giving her:

-Chewable calcium/magnesium tablets (Rhino i think is the brand)
-chewable probiotics (Natures Plus - AcidophiKids (chewable) & Natures Way (Primadophilus Children (it's a powder) & Primadophilus kids (chewable)
-Omega 3 by Comega (it's a tasty puddinglike texture, K eats it off a spoon)
Multiviatims - either Shaklee (powder) or Animal Parade (chewable)

Anonymous said...

Hi Liz,

Thank you so much for your information.The parents of the special needs kids will be very happy to know this.I don't know whether they can effort or not and we don't live in CA but I help the kids and see the pain of their parents and feel sad.It's very hard to be the parents/caregiver of the special needs children and when we see no improvements even with hard economy the parents are trying and paying so much money for nothing!
I really want to help those special kids and can't tolerate their pain and suffering!They need to survive in the world and it's tooooooo hard for them.How to find out what are the places these methods are available?

Anna said...

Hi Liz.

I have a question for you (and other moms too if they wish to answer) regarding the Omega 3. Since these are concentrated from fish, isn't mercury a concern? Thanks.

Leann said...

Thank you so much for your information.You should get in touch with the bizymoms San-rafael community to feature this article on their page. It’s free and the moms will love them

Mom of Kid with Auditory Processing Disordr said...

We're just about to start reflex integration for our son (PDD dx), so I'm encouraged by the success you've seen. I wonder if you've tried any of the listening therapies? We did AIT (auditory integration training) for our son, and within a week of finishing he could finally look us in the eyes. About 4 months afterwards he was able to do a staring contest. To me that is one of the most amazing therapies. 10 days, two 1/2 hours per day, and that's it. We saw TREMENDOUS results in speech, socialization, balance and body awareness with our son.

Tzafi said...

i love your blog! i learn so much from it. keep up the good work!