Primitive Reflexes emerge in the utero and should be integrated no later than the age of 2 years old. Unfortunately, studies have shown that approximately 75% of school aged children with learning difficulties have retained primitive reflexes. Children with physical disabilities and movement disorders often have retained reflexes that impact their ability to move through voluntary and functional movements.

Unintegrated reflexes may result in the following difficulties:

  • Poor learning skills
  • Lack of creative thinking
  • Poor eye movement control
  • Poor auditory discrimination e.g. difficulty ignoring background noise
  • Light sensitivity
  • Poor balance
  • Poor coordination
  • Motion sickness
  • Tires easily
  • Hyperactivity
  • Emotional instability and sensitivity
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Excessivewithdrawal
  • Aggression towards others
  • Exaggerated startle reaction
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Phobias
  • Low self esteem
  • Lack of flexibility
  • Sensory issues
  • Poor attention
  • Poor handwriting
  • Difficulty with gross motor skills

Our therapists can assess each individual reflex and provide strategies and recommendations on how to help integrate these reflexes so they no longer affect activities of daily living.