Why a Retained Spinal Galant Reflex is Mistaken for ADHD

By: Integrated Learning Strategies

ADHD was once the common diagnosis for learning challenges, but recent research has shown that many children are misdiagnosed with other learning challenges like Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD), Dyslexia, Apraxia, and Auditory Processing Disorders.

This confusion is due to the similar behavior of children with these challenges, and some may have a retained primitive reflex from birth that causes similar symptoms.

Neurology research highlights the connection between primitive reflexes and ADHD, particularly the Spinal Galant Reflex and Moro Reflex. These reflexes, present at birth, are crucial for proper growth and development. Parents often don't know when their babies transition, as primitive responses disappear when no longer developmentally appropriate. The Spinal Galant is one of these reflexes.

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