Primitive Reflexes are the first part of the brain to develop and should only remain present for the first few months of life. In typical development, these reflexes naturally inhibit (or turn off) in sequential order during the first year to 18 months of age until the postural reflexes emerge (replacement reflexes). Postural reflexes are more mature and control balance, coordination and sensory motor development.
Retained primitive reflexes can lead to developmental delays and are often related to disorders like ADHD, sensory processing disorder, autism, and learning disabilities. The persistence of primitive reflexes contributes to issues that can affect all aspects of a child’s life such as coordination, balance, sensory perceptions, fine motor skills, sleep, immunity, energy levels, impulse control, concentration and all levels of social, emotional, and academic learning.