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Primitive Reflex Exercises

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  • 10 Primitive Reflex Integration Exercise Cards
  • 10 Sensory Motor Exercise Cards
  • 4 Visual-Motor Exercises
  • 7 Cross-over and Rhythm Exercise Cards
  • Plus the printable sheets needed for the tests and exercises

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63 page eBook Includes: Introduction to the methods, a section on Primitive Reflex tests and exercises; Sensory-motor tests and exercises; and a chapter on Visual Processing and disabilities.

 

63 page ebook Includes: Introduction to the method with learning and developmental disabilities; a section on Primitive Reflex tests and exercises; Sensory tests and exercises; and a chapter on Visual Processing and disabilities. For a limited time, the printable Exercises Packet and Child Reminder Cards are free for download at no extra cost when purchase is complete.

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When we did this with our own children they improved dramatically, regardless of their type of struggle and disability. Friends and family noticed and began to ask what we were doing. We did these same Primitive Reflex and Sensory/Cognitive exercises with some of their children, or showed them how. Each one that did the exercises showed great improvement in speech; interaction with family and classmates; school work; eye contact; other’s personal space; sensory processing and more.

We are so excited to see what it can do for yours 🙂

8 Primitive Reflexes That Every Parent Should Know About

Retained Primative Reflex Exercises

Why They Matter?

Retained Primitive Reflexes have been found to cause neurological underdevelopment in some areas affecting learning. Find out what they are and how to solve them here!

 

What are They?

Primitive Reflexes are the special reflexes that develop in the brain stem before birth. This set of involuntary Primitive Reflexes help the baby with positioning in the womb, birthing, the first breath of life, feeding, urination etc. Most of these primitive reflexes go away  through the first year of life as higher functions of the brain and muscle control develop.

If the reflexes remain, they interfere with the neurological organization of the brain which causes learning, behavioral, social, sensory and health problems. These remaining reflexes are unnoticed muscle movements in older children and adults that would not normally be noticed if one did not know what to look for. They cause ongoing issues until they are solved through  exercises.

What can be Done?

If any of them remain past 12 months, they are called Retained Primitive Reflexes and they are a problem. There are simple exercises that can solve each one. This process is called Integrating Primitive Reflexes. Once they are integrated through these little exercises, many Learning Disabilities, Behavioral and Sensory Disorders, and health issues disappear or are greatly improved. You need to check for each of them, even if your child is not displaying the usual symptoms. If one remains unnoticed, it slows improvement in cognitive function. We will soon be adding information on Retained Babinski Reflex.

Primitive Reflexes

Symptoms when Primitive Reflexes Remain:

Because Primitive Reflexes start at the base of the brain. Functions that try to develop above them don’t wire properly. It can cause or contribute to:

  • Autism
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Asperger’s
  • Hemispheric Imbalance
  • Sensory Disorders
  • Hyper Activity
  • ADHD
  • Speech Disorders
  • Social Disorders
  • Asthma
  • Dyslexia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Immune Problems
  • Other Health Issues
  • Other Learning Disabilities

This is the first thing to check for. They can solve a multitude of problems. Other therapies or Brain Stimulation such as Hemispheric Integration Therapy, work best if Retained Primitive Reflexes are integrated or are being exercised first or at the same time.

How did this happen?

There are many children and adults that for one reason or another still have one or more Primitive Reflexes remaining. Some causes may include a traumatic birth, lack of “tummy time”, too much time laying in seaters or swings, induced labor, and traumatic C-Section birth. Most of the time, there is not a known reason.

Fear not. These are simple assessments and exercises that can be done 10 minutes per day for a few months. Then stimulate the other brain functions with these cognitive exercises and the disabilities often go away or symptoms improve amazingly. Click on the individual pictures above to see the tests and exercises.

 

 

 

Retained Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex

Tonic Labrynthine Reflex ExercisesTonic Labyrinthine Reflex (TLR) is the foundation for head control. Baby needs it to roll, crawl, and later stand and walk. It develops in the whom and continues past the first year of life. It is usually integrated by 3 years. If not, it can cause problems.

When a baby is laying back and the head is tilted back, the baby will stiffen the legs, bend elbows, make fists or curled fingers, and the toes will point. This is normal for an infant. As the baby matures, starts to walk and gains control over the large muscles, the Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex will integrate and disappear.

If the Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex does not integrate, the function that develops after that do not organize correctly. The child will most likely have some of the following:

Retained Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex Symptoms 

  • Poor Balance and special awareness
  • Tense muscles and toe walking
  • Difficulty holding still and concentrating
  • Muscle tone issues
  • Poor posture
  • Difficulty paying attention when head is down (at a desk or reading)
  • Dyspraxia
  • Poor sense of rhythm
  • Gets motion sickness easily
  • Prefers to walk on toes
  • Speech and Auditory difficulty
  • Spatial issues
  • Bumps into things and people more than normal
  • 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 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 Rooting Reflex

rooting Reflex Exercises

The Rooting Reflex is important in helping an infant locate food and breast feeding. It develops during pregnancy and continues until the baby is about 4 months old.  You will notice the Rooting Reflex in a newborn if you brush your finger down one side of the mouth. The baby will turn toward the stroke and open the mouth. This is normal but should integrate (disappear) by about 4 months. If it is not properly integrated, it can contribute to problems in speech, writing, eating disorders and Thyroid problems. Be sure to do the Retained Rooting Reflex Test on your child.

Children with eating disorders aggravated by a Retained Rooting Reflex will have a constant urge to have something in their mouth, yet are often sensitive to textures. These one end up being the one that is always chewing on something plastic, drools or struggles to form their words properly. The Retained Rooting Reflex can cause the tongue to lie to far forward in the mouth. This can cause difficulty swallowing and chewing their food.

 

Retained Rooting Reflex Symptoms

  • Tongue lies too far forward
  • Hyper sensitive around mouth
  • Difficulty with textures and solid foods
  • Thumb sucking
  • Speech and articulation problems
  • Difficulty swallowing and chewing
  • Dribbling
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Thyroid problems and autoimmune tendency
  • Dexterity problems when talking
  • 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 Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (STNR)

Symetrical Tonic Neck Reflex ExercisesThe Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex is present at birth then disappears until about 6 to 9 months. It reappears for a few months to assist in learning to crawl.

You will notice it in a baby if you move their chin down toward their chest. The knees will bend. If you move the head up toward the back, the legs will straighten. Do not confuse this with the Landau Reflex. They are two separate reflexes.

If this does not integrate and disappear by about 11 months, it can cause motor learning and behavior disorders. Simple exercises can solve the problem.

 

Symptoms of Retained Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex

  • Poor posture Standing
  • Sits with slumpy posture
  • Low muscle tone
  • Ape-like walk
  • Problems with attention especially in stressful situations
  • Vision accommodation and tracking problems
  • Difficulty learning to swim
  • Difficulty reading
  • Usually skips crawling
  • Sits with legs in a W position
  • ADD
  • ADHD
  • Hyper activity or fidgety
  • Poor hand eye coordination
  • Problems looking between near and far sighted objects, like copying from a chalkboard
  • Sloppy eater
  • Rotated Pelvis
  • 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 Palmar Reflex or Grasp Reflex

Palmar Reflex The Palmar Reflex aka Grasp Reflex is seen when an infant grips around an object that touches their palm. This is normal and helps the baby learn to grip and hang on to things with their hands. The palmar reflex develops in the third month of gestation and should disappear at around 3-6 months of age as they gain hand control. It is needed for hand-eye coordination, proper vision, and direction/distance judgement.  If it isn’t properly integrated it can contribute to an array of problems.

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 Retained Palmar Reflex Symptoms

  • Poor handwriting
  • Poor pencil grip
  • Poor Fine Muscle Control
  • Poor dexterity
  • Poor fine motor skills
  • Poor vision coordination
  • Slumpy posture when using hands
  • Back aches when sitting
  • Sticks tongue out when using hands
  • Poor pencil grip
  • Poor ability to put thoughts to paper
  • Dysgraphia
  • Speech and language problems
  • Anger control issues
  • 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

 

Retained Landau Reflex

Landau Reflex Exercises

 

The Landau Reflex is one that develops a few months after birth and remains until about 12 months old. It is useful in helping the child develop posture. If the Landau Reflex does not integrate (go away), it can cause posture, motor, and memory issues later on.

 

 

Symptoms of Retained Landau Reflex

  • Low Muscle Tone
  • Poor Posture
  • Poor Motor Development
  • Short Term Memory Difficulty.
  • Tension in the back of legs, toe walker.
  • Lack of Stimulation in the pre frontal cortex causing attention, organization and concentration problems.
  • Weak upper body
  • Difficulty swimming the breast stroke.
  • Struggles to do a summersault. Knees buckle when head tucks under.
  • 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 Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR)

Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex Exercises

The Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex, like the Spinal Gallant Reflex (SGR), helps the infant do their part of emergence through the birth canal and learn hand and eye control. You will notice it in an infant if you turn the head to one side. The arm and leg on the same side will straighten, while the arm and leg on the opposite side will flex. The Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex develops at 18 weeks after conception and should be integrated and gone by about 6 months after birth. If not, it can cause motor issues, reading, math, and other learning problems.

The connection between the hand and eyes help develop depth perception and eye-hand coordination. If ATNR is retained the child will have difficulty walking normally when turning his head or problems writing and reading when head movement is needed, which is always. For example, writing while looking back and forth to the blackboard or a book.

Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex Symptoms

  • Reading Difficulties
  • Hand eye coordination problems
  • Awkward walk or gait
  • Difficulty in school
  • Immature handwriting
  • Difficulty in sports
  • Math and reading issues
  • Poor balance
  • Eye, ear, foot, and hand dominance will not be on the same side
  • Difficulty in things that require crossing over the midline of the body
  • Poor depth perception
  • Shoulder, neck and hip 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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