The 8 Primitive Reflexes

Primitive reflexes are the reactions that develop in the brain stem before birth. They are a set of involuntary movements that help the baby with positioning in the womb, birthing, first breaths, feeding, etc. Most of these reflexes will fade through the first year of life as higher functions of the brain and muscles control develop.

These reflexes are:

Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex | Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex | Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex | Moro Reflex | Landau Reflex | Palmar Reflex | Spinal Galant Reflex | Rooting Reflex | Babinski Reflex

If any of these reflexes remain past 12 months they are considered Retained Primitive Reflexes, and they can be a problem.

Research shows that retained primitive reflexes have been found to cause neurological underdevelopment in areas that can affect learning, behavior, development, vision, and sensory processing. These remaining reflexes often go unnoticed in older children and adults, unless you know what to look for.


Primitive Reflex Integration Exercises



You will be amazed to see the difference Primitive Reflex Integration can make in children and adults. These integration exercises were developed by professionals for children of ages 4-adult. The Kit includes the assessments, integration exercises, wall chart and integration timeline chart. Visit our products page to see all options

Are these Exercises Another Task on Your Already Busy Schedule?‘Push this one to tomorrow’‘Delete this one, I’ll never really get to it’‘Try and get my neighbor to do that one’I get it! We know it is an adjustment to have an extra item on your task list for the day. Spend your time on the items that are priority to you, such as helping your child.

It is so easy to push the less demanding tasks to the end of the list. But, In my 26 years of being a mommy, (yep that is right, my kids range in age from 26 to 4 years old) I have learned that sometimes the most important tasks are the ones less demanding. I have to step outside the box and prioritize or I just get all wrapped up in keeping the house clean, and the laundry done, and my boss happy, and groceries in the fridge, etc. etc. etc.

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My purpose for telling you this is simple, the best way to help your child is consistency with the exercises. Whether you are doing them three times a week or three times per day, staying consistent enough that they get at least 3 sessions a week is crucial.

How Are They Retained?

While there are some known reasons for an individual to have primitive reflexes remaining, most of the time, there is not a known reason.

Some reasons can be:

  • Lack of 'Tummy Time'
  • Too much time in a seater or swing
  • Induced labor
  • Tramatic C-Section
  • Under Stimulation
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Symtoms When Primitive Reflexes Remain

Because these primitive reflexes start at the base of the brain the functions that try to develop above them don't wire properly. This can contribute to:

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

Simple tests and exercises can access and inhibit Retained Primitive Reflexes. This process is called Integrating Primitive Reflexes. Once they are integrated through these little exercises, many Learning Disabilities, Behavioral, 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.

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