Primitive reflex integration uses a variety of techniques to assist in promoting mature developmental responses to fade the reflexive reactions and build voluntary motor control.
Many of these techniques mimic typical developmental motor patterns and sequences which babies engage in, giving a child a “second chance” to engage and mature through the developmental stages they may not have mastered.
In today’s age of technology, where babies spend more time being propped up with screens than engaging in tummy-time practicing developmental motor patterns, there is a greater need for primitive reflex integration training ensuring that professionals can recognize the signs of retained primitive reflexes contributing to motor and developmental delay.
What is reflex integration?
Reflex Integration improves the neurological foundations of sensory-motor development using developmental tools in a personalized programme to refine the body’s reflexes and enable it to function well.
To better understand reflex integration, consider the following. A baby enters the world helpless, fully dependent on others for survival. However, infants are given a series of tools through which they can learn to protect themselves, ensure their basic needs are met, and begin to navigate the world around them: primitive reflexes.
These reflexive motor patterns consist of involuntary responses that should remain present for short periods of time to assist in development. The rooting reflex enables a baby to turn toward its food source. The Moro reflex is designed as a basic protective response. The asymmetric tonic neck reflex sets the stage for eye/hand coordination. After several months, these primitive patterns should fade to the background – or become “integrated” – making way for voluntary motor control.
While these primitive reflexes are essential for survival in the early stages of life, if they persist or remain “unintegrated,” they can affect a child’s ability to develop higher-level developmental and motor skills.
The courses are suitable for:
- Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapist Assistants
- Physical Therapists
- Speech Therapists
- Special Education Providers
Upcoming Reflex Integration Training Courses
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Special Summer Conference – Rhythmic Movement Training (RMTi)
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Using Gravity to Facilitate Sensory Motor Development in Infants and Children
The Neuroplasticity Evaluation of the Pediatric Patient – How to Look, What to Do and Where to “Goal” (on-demand)
ATNR – Assess, Address and Integrate Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex and Promote Functional Skills (on-demand)
PLANTAR GRASP: Nervous System Associations and Neuroplasticity Integration for Children with CNS Dysfunction (on-demand)
PALMAR GRASP: Influence, Integration and Motor Learning Behavior for Children (on-demand)
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Theramoves reflex integration therapy courses provide a convenient way for professionals to learn to identify deficits in the foundations of development and utilize techniques to create new neural connections and pave the way for mature motor responses.