Asperger's SyndromeAspergers is a developmental disorder in children that are very smart. And while specialists are finding out new information all the time, one specific cause or cure for Aspergers is still unknown. This is not a surprise to us. No two children have the same neurological wiring. Differences in gestation, birth, environment, parenting, experiences, health etc. cause differences in the wiring of the brain as it develops. Some areas connect stronger, and others have weaker connections. These weaknesses can cause developmental issues. See a list of Aspergers Symptoms here.


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We find the weak connections and strengthen them. Specialists have great success using this strategy. These exercises can be done with an Occupational Therapist or right at home.

Children with Aspergers do not have all of the same challenges and symptoms. This is why it is sometimes a long process to get a proper diagnosis or lack thereof, even though they are showing many signs. But, there are some consistent traits and weaknesses that generally are found in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders such as Aspergers.

Find the weakness and strengthen it

Aspergers Babies are born with reflexes known as Primitive Reflexes or Infant Reflexes. These reflexes help them through the first year of life but  go away as the baby develops muscle control, or should go away. However, quite consistently in Aspergers kids, they have some or all of these Primitive Reflexes still active. We call these the ‘trouble makers’ that interfere with cognitive development. Some specialists even theorize that they are the underlying cause of many developmental disorders. They seem to cause a weak foundation. We have seen and heard a lot of great success stories about children and adults gaining great improvement by exercising the reflexes away.


Asperger's SyndromeOnce the trouble makers are taken care of, you can check their cognitive and sensory functions. Another problem consistent in Asperger children are their sensory processing challenges. Dr. Robert Melillo, neurologist and founder of over 80 Brain Balance Centers, found that children with Aspergers often have a right brain delay. This means that the sensory and other functions in the right side of their brain are weaker. This causes some over sensitivity in the other side and lack of communication between the right and left hemispheres. He calls this Functional Disconnection Syndrome. He found that by exercising these functions to strengthen the weak ones, he could get the hemispheres to reconnect and improve or cure the dysfunctions and symptoms. We have Cognitive/Sensory tests and exercises here on our site. But, you can read more about his method in Disconnected Kids. One of the best books I have read on developmental issues and their cures.

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Asperger’s Symptoms

It is important to know what Asperger’s symptoms are if you suspect, or know, your child has Asperger’s. You may find yourself speaking to him/her, and they won’t look you in the eye. They seem to not be listening. They will struggle socially and may have a hard time making friends. They won’t show many emotions, so it may be hard to grasp what they’re feeling. Children with Asperger’s are very intelligent and often times have an above average IQ; they just have a unique way of interacting. Below is a list of common Asperger’s symptoms. Click here to read more about Asperger’s.


Asperger’s Symptoms.

  • Poor social skills
  • Doesn’t make eye contact
  • Doesn’t understand social cues
  • Unable to recognize subtle differences in speech (sarcasm, joking, etc).
  • Repeats themselves often
  • Shows few emotions
  • Dislikes change
  • Appear to lack empathy
  • Have a formal style of speech
  • Will be preoccupied and very knowledgeable with a few interests
  • Delayed motor development
  • Heightened sensitivity to noises, lights, textures, tastes, etc
  • Poor handwriting
  • Unusual facial expressions or postures
  • Difficulty making friends of the same age
  • Struggles with small talk
  • Speech may be monotone or robotic
  • Will have long one sided conversations without noticing if the other person is listening or uninterested
  • May perform repetitive movements (like moving their hands a certain way over and over)
  • May zone out when over stimulated
  • May engage in violent outbursts and self-injurious behavior
  • Speech often develops early
  • May have a fascination with letter and numbers

Asperger’s symptoms vary from person to person and no two children are the same, so your child may also display different symptoms than the ones listed above. Despite your child’s diagnosis, these interventions can be helpful. Asperger’s is considered a mild form of Autism, and is more prevalent in males. Usually parents will become aware of it once their child starts preschool and begins to have more social interactions.

Although they may struggle socially, they are brilliant and in understanding them, we can better interact in a way that will make them feel comfortable and understood.

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Retained Spinal Galant Reflex

Spinal Galant Reflex ExercisesThe Spinal Galant Reflex develops in the whom at about 20 weeks gestation. It helps the baby develop the Vestibular System. In Infancy, the Spinal Galant Reflex, along with the Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR), are necessary to help the unborn infant descend down the birth canal. It also helps the baby urinate after birth. You will see the reflex in an infant if you gently stroke down one side of the lower part of the spine. The baby’s arms and legs will sway toward the direction of the stroke almost like being ticklish. If both sides of the spine are stroked at the same time it induces urination. This is normal. However, the Spinal Galant Reflex should be gone by 3-9 months as higher muscle control develops. This is called ‘integrating’. If not properly integrated, it can cause many subtle issues such as some of the following:

Retained Spinal Galant Reflex Symptoms:

  • Fidgety, Hyper Activity, especially if clothes or chair brush their back.
  • If active down only one side, can cause scoliosis, rotated pelvis and lower back pain.
  • Poor concentration
  • Attention problems
  • Bedwetting long after potty training
  • Short term memory issues
  • Fidgeting and wiggly “ants in the pants”
  • Posture problems
  • Hip rotation on one side/possibly scoliosis
  • Low endurance
  • Chronic digestion problems
  • Even if they don’t display any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to do the quick test on them, as there may be other functions that are affected by it that are still unknown.

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Retained Moro Reflex or Startle Reflex

Moro Reflex ExerciseThe Moro Reflex develops about the thirteens week of gestation. It develops to help protect the baby from danger sensed through the sensory system and take the first breath of life. When a newborn is startled or receives sensory input like a jarring, sudden light or sound, the arms will flail out, then baby quickly takes a deep breath, then curls up crossing both the arms and legs.

This is an involuntary reflex that is part of normal development and should disappear between 2-4 months of age. Because this reflex is triggered by the sensory systems, it can cause an array of problems if it remains longer.

Pediatricians will check this reflex at the baby’s 6 week appointment to make sure it is present. They seldom check in later appointments to make sure it was integrated and gone. It is not part of the pediatric list of assessments done at later appointments.

Because of the changing environment, procedures, and lack of tummy time, more children are not integrating this reflex.

Retained Moro Reflex Symptoms

  • Easily Distracted
  • Hypersensitive to sensory stimuli like light and sound and touch.
  • Over sensitivity to motion causing car sickness
  • Or under sensitivity to sensory stimuli
  • Overreacts
  • Impulsive and aggressive
  • Emotional immaturity
  • Withdrawn or timid and shy
  • ADD
  • ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Asperger’s
  • Sensory Disorders
  • Difficulty making friends
  • Depression
  • Health Problems
  • Allergies and Asthma
  • Anger or Emotional Outbursts
  • Poor Balance and Coordination
  • Poor Digestion and Food Sensitivities
  • Even if they don’t display any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to do the quick test on them, as there may be other functions that are affected by it that are still unknown.

The Moro Reflex or “Startle Reflex” is the earliest development of the “fight or flight” instinct. When frightened or threatened, it triggers “reaction” or “retraction” from the threat. Because in infancy, it is triggered by the sensory system, it will cause sensory processing problems if not integrated. Because it triggers the Adrenals to “fight or flight” mode. It causes hyper activity and attention problems. Once the adrenals quickly tire of the over stimulation, the child usually develops chronic allergies, asthma, auto immune and other health problems connected with fatigued adrenals. Furthermore, when the body is in ‘fight or flight’ mode, the brain is in an instinctual state and cannot store or recall information as well. This contributes to learning disabilities.

The reflex can be easily integrated with about 6 weeks of simple exercises. Many of the symptoms will disappear or improve as the brain and body start to function better.

Moro Reflex Test

Have the child sit on a low chair or lay on their back. Ask them to open their arms and legs out like a starfish. Now ask them to bring them in crossing them as they curl up. You may need to demonstrate it for them or let them see the pictures below. Generally they will cross with the opposite arm from leg on top. This is normal, at first, and the way they did it when startled as an infant.

Retained Moro Reflex test

Now ask them to spread arms and legs out again and cross/curl up, again but with the same arm as leg on top. Right Leg and Right arm on top. If they are too young to know right from left, put a sticker on the back of their right hand and on their right foreleg. Ask them to cross up with stickers on top.

Retained Moro Reflex Test

Now do the same with the left side.

Moro Reflex Exercise

If they struggle doing this then the reflex is still present and needs to be integrated with “Starfish Exercises”.

Moro Reflex Exercises