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Well Balanced Child Program

Well Balance Child program serves children with behavioural, social and academic dysfunctions. The program is designed to strengthen and build brain connectivity so your child can unleash their untapped potential. In order for the brain to function normally, the activities in the right and the left hemispheres must work in harmony. Brain can develop new pathways and networks, which improve cognitive ability and performance in many areas of our lives. A series of daily sensory, physical, and academic exercises are then selected that target the troubled areas and restore balanced functionality.

PRIMITIVE REFLEXES AND DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS  

A primitive reflex is an involuntary motor response originating in the brainstem that takes place after birth during early child development to facilitate survival.

These involuntary movement patterns are designed to keep the newborn alive and help with development.

As the brain matures and motor responses are replaced with voluntary movements, these central nervous system responses are eventually inhibited.

The integration of primitive reflexes allows new, higher-level learning patterns to emerge.

In the brain, new neuronal pathways are formed when new movement patterns are developed, resulting in the development of higher-level skills.

Reflexes that do not integrate may hamper the development of an infant and prevent him or her from gaining higher-level skills.

Primitive reflex retention may be caused by a number of factors (trauma during pregnancy and/or during birth, premature birth, exposure to toxins in utero, C-section, lack of tummy time, spinal misalignments and others).

Types of main primitive reflexes that we see retained in children are: MORO, ATNR, STNR, TLR, Palmar Grasp, Rooting, Spinal Gallant, Landau.

There are specific integration exercises associated with each reflex and functional activities that promote regulation or integration of each retained primitive reflex.

MORO (primitive fight or flight reaction) appears at birth and should integrated between 2 - 4 months. Signs of retention include: hypersensitivity, hyper reactivity, poor impulse control, sensory overload, social and emotional immaturity.

ATNR (to assist baby through birth canal and develop cross pattern movements) appears at birth and should integrate by 6 months. Signs of retention include: poor eye-hand coordination, difficulty with handwriting, trouble crossing vertical midline, poor visual tracking for reading and writing. 

 

STNR (preparation for crawling) appears at 6 - 9 months and should integrate by 9 - 11 months. Signs of retention include: tendency to slump while sitting, poor muscle tone, poor eye-hand coordination, inability to sit still and concentrate. 

TLR (head management and postural stability) appears

in utero and should integrate by 3 and half years.

Signs of retention include: poor muscle tone, tendency to

walk on toes, poor balance, motion sickness, spatial

orientation issues. 

Spinal Galant (important during birthing) appears at birth

and should integrate by 3 - 9 months. Signs of retention

include: fidgeting, bedwetting, poor concentration, poor

short-term memory, unilateral or bilateral postural issues. 

Landau (postural development) appears at 4 - 5 months

and should integrate by 1 year of age. Signs of retention

include: poor motor development.

Rooting (automatic response to turn towards food) appears at birth and should integrate by 3 - 4 months. Signs of retention include: dribbling, fussy eater, thumb sucking, speech and articulation problem. 

Palmar Grasp (automatic response to grab things) appears at birth and should integrate by 5 - 6 months. Signs of retention include: messy handwriting, poor manual dexterity, difficulty with fine motor skills. 

Child practicing primitive reflexes to help with development
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