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PRIMITIVE REFLEXES - Retained vs. Integrated
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Primitive Reflexes
April 10, 2013  

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Retained vs. Integrated

When we are in utero and are infants, we go through stages of

TLR Explained
Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex
development that help us grow both physically as well as mentally. During these stages we naturally do certain physical movements that help us through each stage. We repeatedly do these movements, building muscle and opening pathways to our higher thinking brain, until we no longer need them. These stages are defined by the automatic reflexes that our bodies exhibit, that become inhibited once they are integrated.


A good example is the stage that includes the Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex (TLR). At this stage, from in utero to about 4 months, when placed on his tummy, a child will pick his head up, even though his head is about the same length and weight as the rest of his body. Where does he get the strength? He doesn't have it - it is a reflex that he cannot control. Meanwhile, while he continues to pick his head up, he gains control and builds muscle, and continues to develop neurologically, eventually integrating the reflex. If the reflex is not integrated, for some reason during the developmental process, then it is retained.  


Some of the symptoms of a retained TLR are poor posture, inability to cross eyes, and poor sense of time.   The exercises I teach help to integrate six of the primitive reflexes.


The six primitive reflexes that I work with are just a subset of all. More information on this can be found in the book Reflexes, Learning, and Behavior by Sally Goddard. The primitive reflexes that I work with are:


Moro Reflex
Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex (TLR)
Spinal Galant,
Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR)
Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (STNR)
Palmar Reflex


It takes just minutes a day to integrate these primitive reflexes. The exercises need to be done daily, or at least 5 times a week for about a month in order to see a change. but the changes can be astonishing!  A 10 year old boy that I worked with suffered from embarrassing bed wetting issues.  After working on integrating the Spinal Galant reflex he had his first dry week. Imagine how much those few minutes each day changed this boys life!  



This workshop provides all of the information needed to help educators, professionals and parents help students improve brain functioning through integration of the primitive reflexes.  This online workshop will run consecutive Thursdays starting May 2.  Don't miss out on this opportunity! 

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