Primitive reflexes are the first step in healthy brain development. They are reflexes present at birth to help infants through the birthing process and first year of life. These reflexes should disappear by year one, but sometimes they “get stuck” and it halts the brain development process. This can cause a myriad of difficulties for a child, such as poor balance, poor attention, and even anxiety.
When primitive reflexes are retained (they stay for too long), kids have trouble using their whole brain effectively, and this makes it hard to use more mature parts of the brain, like attention, memory skills, sequencing, and even logic and reasoning. Many of the symptoms related to these reflexes are also associated with ADHD, dyslexia, sensory processing disorder, and more.
If your child has retained reflexes, don’t worry! There are simple things you can do to integrate those reflexes and help your child through that brain development at any age. Yep, even if you missed this step as an infant, it’s not too late! You can integrate reflexes at any age!
Over the next few weeks I’m going to walk us through the basics about each primitive reflex that we work on at Yellow Wood Tutoring.
Here’s a video to get us started!