What are ReTAINED Primitive Reflexes? 

Primitive reflexes start to develop in utero and they actually help the baby get down the birth canal during labor. (Who knew!?) A reflex is an automatic motor response that is triggered by a stimulus.

These primitive reflexes assist the baby in their developmental milestones, helping them with things like breastfeeding, rolling and crawling. But if the reflexes don’t integrate (go away), they can hinder a child’s development. Retained reflexes can cause:

  • Sensitive to touch, sound, smell and taste
  • Balance issues, is clumsy, struggles with sports, runs into furniture
  • Freezes or is in constant fight or flight mode
  • Poor impulse control, easily distracted, severe mood swings
  • Can’t cross the midline, trouble with hand-eye coordination, struggles with fine motor
  • Has difficulty tracking when reading and writing
  • Poor posture, attention issues, wraps legs around chair, wets the bed after age 5
  • W-sitting, poor muscle control, toe walking

how Do YOU tell if your child has a retained reflex?

Get your Free Signs of Retained Reflexes:

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The primitive reflex course from Integrated Learning Strategies teaches you how to test for each of the reflexes, as well as the exercises to do to help integrate them.

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TESTING The Moro Reflex

The Moro Reflex is usually present in infants 3 to 4 months. The child responds to a sudden loss of support by spreading their arms, then bringing them in, and crying. This reflex should be integrated by the age of 6 months. If the reflex does NOT integrate, the child may exhibit signs of distractibility, poor balance and coordination, emotional outbursts, food sensitivities, withdrawn behavior, or frequent car sickness.


A child attempting to pigeon walk, as part of the testing for a retained Moro Reflex. The child’s awkward arm position indicates that the reflex IS NOT yet integrated. Other signs of a retained Moro Reflex may be distractibility, balance and coordination difficulties, emotional outbursts, food sensitivities, frequent car sickness.  

An Integrated Moro Reflex:


Integrated Moro Reflex- the Cross Over Test

Are you intrigued?  You can sign up for the Retained Primitive Reflex Course here. These videos are showing two ways to test for the Moro Reflex, which should be integrated (gone) by 6 months of age. Looking at these videos, it’s easy to see which child has a retained Moro reflex. The other child has a simple time performing the exercises.

The Retained Primitive Reflex Course is available for early bird discount ($99.00) until March 19th.   After that, the course goes up to $127, and is available until April 1st.

Primitive Reflexes e-Course and Handbook includes the following:

  • More than 40 videos of personal instruction, testing for the reflexes and exercises to integrate the reflexes
  • 85-page digital handbook with signs and symptoms of primitive reflexes, myths about primitive reflexes, testing, and exercises
  • 7 charts and graphs that include parent observation sheets, exercise schedule, progress tracking sheets, learning and motor development checklists and much more
  • Private Facebook group where you can ask questions about testing or exercises, visit with other parents or OTs that have had similar experiences and receive additional instruction or training as needed.


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