Palmar Reflex: Where the Problem Begins with Poor Handwriting, Pencil Grip and Fine Motor Development

By: Integrated Learning Strategies

Infants possess a strong grasp from birth, which can be used to release objects like hair or necklaces. The Palmar reflex, or grasp reflex, can be used to release the grip without forcing the baby's hand open. As babies grow, their movements and reactions become fascinating to observe and develop.

The Palmar reflex is a primitive reflex that develops in utero and remains active until two to four months old. It is activated when pressure, touch, or strokes the infant's palm.

In early months, the reflex is also activated through sucking movements, such as nursing, due to the Babkin response and Rooting reflex. This connection between hands and mouth helps the baby suck and eat.

The baby develops the Pincer Grasp by using the tips of their fingers, gradually acquiring the thumb and forefinger tips around nine to 10 months old. This skill is crucial for fine motor development, as it allows the baby to pick up objects and open their hands independently. This practice helps develop essential fine motor skills for the child's life.

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