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Primitive reflexes developed in utero and during the first 12 months of life within the brainstem. These are reactive actions developed during the stages of life that the decision making parts of the brain have not fully developed to protect and assist the infant in further neurological development and muscle control. These reflexes are essential.
an infant’s initial movement’s are reflexed based to incoming stimulus. Making these movements repetitive and predictable and helping the infant grow safely. As the infant matures these reflexes are no longer needed.
The integration of theses reflexes are an essential stage for typical development allowing one to perform more complex tasks and the development of higher levels of the brain and muscle control. If they aren’t integrated and milestones are missed then developmental delays and difficulties with functional skills could develop in later stages of life.
Retained Primitive Reflexes and How it can affect our Children
Traumatic pregnancy, traumatic birth, developmental restrictions, chronic ear infections, lack of tummy time, skipped crawling, failure to thrive or the development of reactive attachment disorder can cause these reflexes to be retained and dominant not allowing the nervous system to mature or react appropriately to certain stimulus. This in turn may then affect development, learning and behavior in many ways, here are some of them:
Delays in integrating primitive reflexes can be seen in several diagnoses but are not limited to the list below all of them equaling difficulty learning:
Ways to help your child to integrate these reflexes:
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Define the 8 senses
The 5 that we are all aware of:
The 3 that aren't so commonly known:
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Proprioception is the sense of the relative position of one’s own parts of the body regarding position, motion, and equilibrium and strength of effort being employed in movement Even if a person has their eyes closed they know through proprioception that their hand is raised or the knees are crossed (as examples).