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  • developmental reflexes

    Developmental reflexes (primitive reflexes) are the building blocks of life. They control a baby’s movements in the first year of life and are very important in building the foundation for the development of motor, sensory, and cognitive skills. the primitive reflexes develop while the baby is still in the womb.

    They are involuntary movements that serve to protect the fetus, help in the birthing process, and aid in survival during the first six months to one year of life.

    These primitive reflexes move the baby from automatic motor activity (in which the infant is helpless in controlling the movements) to controlled, skillful movements such as sitting up, rolling over, crawling, and eventually walking.

    These movement patterns are triggered during the infant’s interaction with the environment. As the infant adjusts to its new environment after birth, early movements are critical in building the foundation for more complex movements, skills, and behaviors. Without these reflexes, complex skills that we now take for granted, such as skipping or riding a bike, would be difficult or slow to develop.

    Primitive reflexes are present in the womb and last for about one year, depending on the reflex. At this time the reflex “integrates” or incorporates into the higher-learning levels of the brain.

    Movement is the key that integrates the reflexes into more advanced and sophisticated skills as a child grows. If the reflex does not integrate, the reflex is consider “retained” or “present beyond the typical developmental stage".

    Many of vision problems associated with learning difficulties experienced in condition such as dyslexia, ADHD etc, originate in the the failure of these reflexes to develop in an appropriate manner,(see presentation below)

    At Shaylers Vision Centre in Wareham, these reflexes may be assessed during a vision assessment, and where appropriate, guidance as to exercise training may be provided

  • How failure to adequately develop and integrate the developmental and primitive reflexes can impact on visual performance