Movement Matters: The Importance of Integrating Primitive Reflexes -  2023 Fall Webinar Series

When & Where

Date and Time

October 24, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:00pm CDT







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About This Event

This session will present information important to the neurodevelopment and well-being of the infant/child based on the concepts of reflex integration and sensory processing. The impact of stress, trauma, lack of stimulation and movement on primitive reflex integration will be discussed and how unintegrated reflexes can lead to later problems with learning, attention, self-regulation, and social-emotional well-being. Neurodevelopmental movements, reflex patterns and play based activities will be provided to support reflex maturity, brain and motor development.

In this session, we will:

  • Discuss the importance of primitive reflexes, reflex maturation and sensory-motor development on the infant/child’s health, well-being, growth and development.
  • Discuss how pre-birth, birth, post-birth stress, trauma, lack of movement can affect the nervous system. 
  • Learn how to avoid Container Baby Syndrome.
  • Explain unintegrated reflexes as stored stress patterns and their connection to higher level function, learning, sense of safety, cognitive and social emotional development.
  • Describe how to use rhythm and movement for beginning integration of Fear Paralysis and Moro reflex. 
  • Provide play/movement activities to calm, organize and mature the brain and body.

This session is directed to occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists.

Continuing Education: Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance, agenda, and handouts, which can be used for submitting and requesting CE credit on their own.


Ann Wardyn, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
Children's Rehab Center

Ann Wardyn, OTR/L is the director of Occupational Therapy at the Children’s Rehab Center-Grand Island location and has 33 years of experience working with children. She has over 380 hours of specialized training in the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI) method including using MNRI for stress and trauma recovery, newborns & infants, visual and auditory skills, Dyslexia, neuro tactile integration, and maximizing brain potential. She is also trained in Brain Gym, Rhythmic Movement Training, and Move Play Thrive Brain and Sensory Foundations. Ann also has advanced training in Sensory Integration theory and treatment, Interactive Metronome, Therapeutic Listening program, sensory and oral based feeding disorders, and transitioning from tube to oral feeds.

Registration Details

Registration closes October 22, 2023.



Contact Haifaa Al-saadi at  hal-saadi2@unl.edu