During our functional assessment we check your child’s neuro-development. As the child develops they should replace primitive reflexes with a cognitive approach. The body stops responding to situations automatically, instead the child thinks and chooses how to act. In some children the primitive reflexes remain active, this can effect their ability to focus and can be part of what hinders their learning.
Postural reflexes should replace the primitive reflexes by age three. The process happens in a strict pattern and can be used to establish a neuro-developmental age.
When a child still has several ‘primitive reflexes’ beyond 3 years of age, it is described as a Neuro-developmental Delay and may be a factor in the presence of:
The Palmar Reflex is the one that makes a baby grab and hold any finger or hand that comes near them. As the child gets older this locking reflex should disappear, becoming inhibited, and be replaced with an adult grip. Once the reflex is inhibited the child makes a fist with the thumb outside. Children who keep the reflex make a fist like a baby, with the thumb inside.
Through a series of simple movements the body can learn to inhibit the primitive reflexes and move neuro-development along. The process can take up to 16 months. The movements must be practised at home every day in order to progress.
June Webb trained with the Institute of Neuro-Physiological Psychology (INPP) in the UK. She’s been supporting children through the inhibition programme since 2005.
We’re always happy to spend some time talking with parents. Email or call us on 9835 4030 to arrange a time.
We have created a list of behaviours we see in children who have physical issue affecting their learning. Read more here.