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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where are you located?
    My office is located at 10551 Mills Rd. Suite A Houston, TX 77070. I am thrilled to share a space with Franchesca Cox, OT of Therahappy .
  • What types of sessions do you offer?
    Initial Consultation (70-90 minutes): Consultations are an opportunity for us to meet and discuss your current concerns while I do a hands on evaluation of the client's reflexes. At this appointment, I can put together a plan for treatment and schedule sessions for the future. This is also a great time for me to answer any questions you have about reflex integration. For treatment , I strongly recommend scheduling between 2-5 consecutive days of appointments lasting from 90 minutes up to 6 hours (depending on availability and other circumstances). When working on a reflex, MNRI® has so many different techniques and ways to address the components to establish or correct the pattern. To do this, experienced MNRI® practitioners pull techniques from different programs within the Masgutova Method. During a single day, weekly session I may only be able to work from a single program to address only one reflex. When more time is available through the intensive model, I can implement many more techniques and work on many reflexes to ensure that your loved one is on the right path to a happy sensory system. The MNRI® Family Conferences, from which the rich research data has been collected, is structured in 5-8 day for this reason. It may seem that if I am focusing on one area of development (e.g., speech production), I would only implement one specific program, but because the reflexes are so interconnected, I need to establish a strong foundation of multiple reflexes before we can anticipate a noticeable change in that one area. It’s worth noting though, that I don’t usually see improvement in just one area of development but in multiple areas simultaneously.
  • What are your available hours for scheduling?
    Monday through Friday with sessions starting at 8:30am and 4pm being the last scheduling appointment time. Scheduling dates and times are subject to change in the event of holidays and MNRI training events held online or out of state.
  • What does an MNRI® session look like?
    The structure or “road map” for an MNRI session depends on a few factors (e.g., patient’s level of alertness and mobility, the length of the appointment, and overall session goals) but almost always involves sitting and/or laying on the table in supine (face up) or prone (face down) position. During this time, I am able to incorporate therapy techniques from different MNRI protocols to help the brain and body “understand and perform” each reflex we address. If standing and active reflex work is an objective for the session, we will then spend some time using floor space for games and activities to strengthen the reflex repatterning.The MNRI® Program work is based on one simple, yet profound principle: safety first. Whenever working with a child or adult, the MNRI® practitioner has been trained to find “the key” which is the part of the movement that is easy, safe, and natural and then build on that positive experience.
  • What if my child will not stay on the massage table and pay attention?
    Ideally, we would like to complete most of the work on the massage table to have an elevated platform for me to safely reach the child but, I know that children sometimes prefer to move actively around the home. In my 10+ years of being an SLP, I have learned how to be flexible and work with what the child needs to feel comfortable. With time, as the child receives the therapy and is able to regulate their sympathetic/parasympathetic nervous system, I anticipate that they will spend longer periods of time on the table. Also, since the therapy works on a subcortical neurological level, the patient’s consistent, full attention is not required to benefit from the integration exercises.
  • How will I know what to do for homework for myself or my loved one?
    Since the homework is so important, I create a Home Exercise Plan (HEP) for each MNRI recipient. This plan describes what exercises should be addressed at home and how frequently (in addition to being worked on in our sessions.)
  • How can I support you during the sessions when you’re working with my child or partner?
    I would say the best way to provide support during the session is to be present and engaged. There may be times when you’ll need to provide toys, sing songs, or provide snacks for your child to help them feel comfortable while on the table. Other times, when I’m showing exercises for homework, you may want to have paper and pencil ready to jot down notes for yourself. Asking questions and participating in the session to help you understand is encouraged!
  • Are parents and caregivers involved in the sessions at all?
    Absolutely! For MNRI therapy to have the greatest impact, it is crucial that the exercises be done within the home regularly as part of the Home Program, in addition to our appointments. This is why it is important that a parent or caregiver be present at the table to observe, learn, and ask questions. Doing so will help you to fully understand each technique or exercise that might be given as homework to be done on days between appointments with me.
  • How much time each week should I set aside for the Home Program?
    The answer to this question has a lot of variables that factor in, so it won't be the same for each family or individual. Some children and adults may have more exercises and techniques included in their plan to support the developmental or rehabilitative function of the specific reflexes that need to be addressed and therefore would be looking at needing 60-90 minutes for five days a week. Other programs may address fewer reflexes, but require slower and more frequent repetitions of the exercises. Family schedules can also impact the amount of time that can be devoted to completing the Home Programs each week and is always taken into account when the program is created. I generally share with families that even if you are only able to do 20-30 minutes of the Home Program each day, as long as you are connected and intentional with the work that you're doing, you will still be making an impact.
  • What forms of payment do you accept?
    I currently accept check, credit card, cash, and payments through the PayPal and Zelle apps. I also accept debit and credit cards associated with Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flexible Savings Account (FSA).
  • Are you in network with any insurance companies?
    No. I am currently considered an out-of-network provider with all insurance companies. This is due in part to the low reimbursement rates that the majority of insurance companies set for their in-network therapy providers; the rates do not cover the cost of services. At this time it is more financially sound for me as a single therapist to accept private pay. However, after paying for services, families may choose to submit out-of-network provider claims to their insurance company for reimbursement. Each month I am able to provide you with the necessary records to submit if you wish to do so. In the event that a family would like to inquire with their insurance company about receiving a “network gap exception”, I can assist with the pertinent information the family will need to provide.
  • Do you offer any types of discounts or reduced fees?
    Yes, a benefit of not being in contract with insurance companies is that I am able to offer discounts to families who refer me to others, military discounts for families of active and retired members, and other types of discounts that would otherwise not be allowed if I had set rates with the insurance companies.
  • How do I receive more info about pricing and/or schedule our first session?
    To get the process started, I would suggest that you shoot me an email or send me a message on Facebook through our business page. Once you've reached out to me I'd be happy to send you information or schedule a chat via phone or Google Meet to discuss MNRI® in more detail and schedule the initial consultation appointment.
  • What kind of diagnoses do you work with using MNRI?
    In the MNRI practitioner community, we say that “MNRI is for everything!”. We don’t say this to brag, but to affirm that just about any health symptoms or issues can be addressed with MNRI with some level of benefit. I find that as I incorporate using the principles of reflex work into my life, I experience positive changes. While I have not used MNRI to address every health issue and disease possible, I am always enthused to work with anyone who believes MNRI can help them or their loved one.
  • Do you provide traditional speech and feeding therapy?
    In my years of learning and utilizing MNRI®, I have found that when the reflexes are addressed, the neurological groundwork is laid to make learning the new skills (i.e., speech, cognition, feeding, etc.) less difficult for the child or adult. When this can occur, acquisition of the skills can occur with less effort. For this reason, I don't utilize traditional speech and feeding therapy approaches that focus on the skill more than the neurological pathways needed to do the skill. In the sessions, I frequently will engage the child, teen, or adult in some speech and language tasks, but it is while doing the MNRI® work.
  • Does MNRI therapy really work?
    Yes, MNRI therapy has been proven to be effective in improving various aspects of a person's life, including speech, feeding, cognitive, and motor skills. The Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI) approach is a holistic therapy that aims to help individuals overcome physical and emotional challenges by integrating reflexes that may not have developed properly during early childhood. I have received training and certification in MNRI therapy and have seen firsthand the positive results it can bring to my clients. However, it is important to note that every person is unique and may respond differently to therapy. I work with each individual to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses their specific needs and goals.
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