Kids develop at different rates and as exciting as it may be for a parent to see their child rapidly hit milestones like advancing from sitting up to crawling and then to walking, it may not always be the best for the child. In fact, progressing from one milestone to another to rapidly may be just as bad as not hitting that milestone at all in some kids.
Primitive Reflexes are “survival” reflexes that begin in utero and help the baby through the birthing process. These are reflexes, automatic responses, designed to help the baby survive and are responsible for things like helping the baby through the birth canal, latching on for breastfeeding and keeping the airway open. These primitive reflexes should become inhibited by the end of the first year of life.
Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Most of us can compensate well for certain developmental weaknesses but many kids have a difficult time and don’t compensate that well and may act out with an inappropriate behavior, become overstimulated by light, sound or crowds, to name a few.
When reflexes and the brain do not integrate appropriately it indicates that your child has a developmental delay. For example, the back part of the brain processes information from the body and the environment and makes a picture or statement as to what is going on and sends that information to the front part of the brain for a response or behavior. If there is a weakness in any area of the brain, it will affect the activities that are processed in that area and also affect the areas that receive information from that area. So if the back part of the brain is not processing information correctly or efficiently, you have a sensory processing issue but also can have a behavior issue because the front part of the brain does not get a clear picture as to what is going on from the back part of the brain.
We perform detailed examinations to find areas of weakness and imbalances and use those findings to develop a personalized drug-free treatment plan that utilizes effective and targeted therapies to strengthen the brain.