What are infantile reflexes and how do they impact gross motor and fine motor development?
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Imagine a 4 year old child sitting at the table, trying to engage in a craft or fine motor activity. Now imagine observing any of these behaviours:
- The child is half sitting half standing on the edge of the chair
- The child's legs are swinging in and out underneath the table while the child is trying to concentrate
- The child struggles to sit down for more than 20 seconds - usually seen standing at table top activities
- The child is quickly distracted by sights and sounds around the room, rarely completing a craft activity or puzzle without adult support
These observations may be because the child still has their infantile reflexes.
We are all born with infantile reflexes. We all still have reflexes in our body that we rely on when we're in danger or when we touch something hot. However, these reflexes may at times interrupt our development and learning if our brain doesn't integrate them properly.
Join Robyn as she explains:
- What are infantile reflexes?
- Why do we need to worry about reflexes in early childhood?
- What does typical and delayed reflex integration look like?
- Where do we refer families to when their child is still showing reflexive behaviours?
- What simple strategies can we do straight away to help children integrate and move on from their baby/toddler reflexes?