3 Retained Primitive Reflexes Responsible for Poor Balance

By: Integrated Learning Strategies

Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex (TLR) and Balance The Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex (TLR) affects balance and interacts with all senses. If retained, it can cause posture and focus issues in the classroom, leading to poor seated posture or automatic extension of limbs. This affects writing, reading, and copying.

Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (STNR) and Balance The Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (STNR) affects balance and posture. A retained STNR reflex often leads to poor posture, seen in how a student sits at a desk – slouching or resting their head due to weak muscle control in the back and trunk. Signs include slumping with legs extended beneath the desk and arms bent while holding a book.

Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR) and Balance The Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR) impacts head movements and dynamic balance. A retained ATNR delays dynamic balance due to increased movement needs for attention and focus. This hinders using head movements for learning, particularly in reading, writing, and copying notes.

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