Kids Playing Volleyball

Primitive Reflex Integration

Primitive reflexes are involuntary motor responses originating in the brainstem present after birth in early child development that facilitate survival. These central nervous system motor responses are eventually inhibited by 6 months of age as the brain matures and replaces them with voluntary motor activities. The problem is that this integration or phasing out of reflexes doesn't happen on it's own for some kids. Instead they retain these reflexes, but it's usually not obvious that they have. The reflexes continue to appear in subtle ways, and cause all sorts of challenges for a child.