Are these Warning Signs and Red Flags Telling Me My Child may have a Retained Primitive Reflex Delaying their Learning Development?
This article provides parents, teachers and therapists with warning signs and red flags to watch for if you suspect your child has a retained Primitive Reflex hindering their learning and academic development. Integrated Learning Strategies (ILS) is a learning and academic center. As a reminder, ILS is not a health care provider and none of our materials or services provide a diagnosis or treatment of a specific condition or learning challenge you may see in your child or student. If you seek a diagnosis or treatment for your child or student, please contact a trained professional who can provide an evaluation of the child.
What most parents and teachers don’t realize is a child could have a retained Primitive Reflex without their knowledge and it could be one of the biggest culprits or triggers if a child is struggling with emotional, behavioral and learning development.
Oftentimes I hear from parents…
“My child has meltdowns, hates loud noises, can’t sleep at night, is a picky eater, always tugs on their waistband and hates their cloths.”
“My child can’t form their letters, writes uphill or downhill and isn’t tracking.”
“My child hates change, has lots of anxiety, is always in fight or flight mode, won’t socialize with other kids and has poor behavior in class.”
Now, these are just a few examples, but as soon as I hear these phrases from parents, my first thought is that they may have one or more retained primitive reflexes causing or at least contributing to some of these overlying issues.
Signs and Symptoms of Retained Primitive Reflexes
Because most parents and teachers don’t know what signs to watch for in their child or know enough about retained Primitive Reflexes, it can be hard to recognize if a child has one or more retained Primitive Reflexes. Remember, retained Primitive Reflexes are reflexes we are all born with, but as we grow older, they should integrate or “go to sleep” to make way for other developmental milestones like crawling, walking, grasping and talking.
So what signs do I watch for if my child might possibly have a retained Primitive Reflex?
Here are just a few you may find and what reflex may be causing some of the issues you are seeing in your child:
These are just a few signs above, but you can also find signs in the classroom as well. When children enter school, it’s assumed that they can sit still, attend, hold a writing instrument and use their eyes to track words across the page. For many children, these skills come naturally and without difficulty as they get older.
However, if a child has retained Primitive Reflexes or other disconnections in the brain, these simple tasks put the child at a disadvantage because they lack the physical and mental abilities to succeed in these foundational areas. It’s important to remember, there is a definite brain and body connection.
How can I test and help my child with retained Primitive Reflexes?
If you feel your child or student may be struggling with retained Primitive Reflexes and it could be the “missing piece” in their learning development, there are ways to test your child for these retained reflexes and there are exercises to help integrate them at home.
We have developed an easy-to-follow e-Course and handbook for parents, teachers and therapists that provides you with simple exercises and testing strategies you can do right in your living room to determine if your child may have one or more retained Primitive Reflexes.
Remember, even if your child is already seeing an Occupational Therapist or Behavioral Therapist, there still isn’t enough time in each one of their sessions to cover all they need to do for Primitive Reflexes. Therapists need your help! Kids should be working on these reflexes 3 to 5 times a week, but most children only see a therapist 1 to 2 times a week. It’s only when we had the help and support of parents at home that we finally began to see huge strides in our students’ learning development.
Retained Primitive Reflex e-Course
What does the e-Course provide?
- More than 40 videos
- Personal Instruction
- Testing for Reflexes
- Schedule and Timeline for integrating reflexes
- Exercises to integrate the reflexes
What does the handbook include?
- 85-page digital handbook
- Signs and symptoms of primitive reflexes
- Myths about primitive reflexes
- Testing and exercises
- Parent Observation Sheet
- Exercise Schedule
- Progress tracking sheet
- Learning and motor development Checklists
If you are interested in the Retained Primitive Reflexes e-Course and handbook, don’t wait to join! The e-Course and handbook is only offered three times a year and open enrollment is only available for a short time. To register for the e-Course, click here.
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07 Jan 2019 - Development