Retained Reflexes

I have had an interesting experience with one of my pupils recently, I wanted to share with you.

He is 7 years old and when he was coming up for his class readiness assessment in June ’12 last year I detected retained reflexes. He was not responsive when we tried reflex work then. He had some Eurythmy Training during the Autumn Term. I retested his reflexes in November ’12 and they were still there. I started doing Bal-A-Vis-X with him in January ’12, 3x per week for 20 minutes. Progress was slow as he had huge difficulties catching anything. However, he can catch now and his rhythms are much better. He was assessed independantly for retained reflexes at the start of March ’13 and they could hardly find any. First I thought “ what’s wrong with my reflex testing??” Clearly it was not my testing! It is Bal-A-Vis-X at work!

My own brain is changing too as I do some exercises every day. It is an interesting journey.” ~ Sabine, head of learning support at a school in Edinburgh,Scotland.

What are Retained Reflexes?

When we are born and leave the protection of the womb we must survive, it is our Primitive Reflexes – which are automatic movements that immediately respond to our new surroundings, changes in the environment, and our required needs – that provide us with the automatic movements essential for development. As we grow in infancy and our movements become more controlled by the development in the brain,these reflexes should become integrated at around 6 to 12 months and no longer remain active.

However, in some instances the primitive reflexes are retained and this can lead to developmental difficulties such as adhd, add,dyspraxia,autism spectrum disorders, developmental delay, sensory processing disorder, lack of confidence,eye tracking deficiencies, auditory processing disorder and lack of organisation.

A programme that involves rhythmic movement,balance, auditory and vision exercises may help to integrate the primitive reflexes and fulfill the development process.

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