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With this information you can make a decision about what to do next. If inappropriately active Primitive Reflexes are interfering with behaviours and academic achievement, we will sit down and talk about your options for intervening.  If we decided in the intake that we need to do further evaluations - such as auditory processing evaluations, or other visual-motor-integration evaluations, we will do those to get the fullest picture possible. This will help you make the best most appropriate choice.

Most interventions in our clinic involve a series of movements to do at home for up to 15 minutes a day, and weekly or

bi-weekly treatment times at the office for short bursts of time. Children usually manage 12 sessions and then need break.

Primitive Reflexes can be absent, active, enmeshed or integrated. That means that the movement response to a sensory stimulus can either not be there, be the only response, be linked to another unexpected movement or be one of many choices of response.

Some of the stimuli and their responses are not comfortable to experience, so it is ill advised to just randomly apply the stimulus, looking for the response.  In some people, the repeated non-therapeutic experience of the stimulus has a cumulative traumatic effect and can result in neurological shut down. 

Inappropriate Primitive Reflex Activity, though relatively easily remedied, needs to be correctly evaluated so that one is creating the brain pathways in the correct places. Because  Hebb's axiom  is true  - that "What Fires Together Wires Together", it is essential for functional improvement that the correct pathways fire together - so that the correct pathways are wired together. This is not a hit and miss thing. There is a system to the development of humans and our complexity.  When you have an evaluation done, make sure the person has the credentials to do so. 

  • Fear Paralysis Reflex

  • Moro / Startle Reflex

  • Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex (TLR) 

  • Hands Pulling and Grasp Reflexes

  • Babkin Reflex

  • Tendon Guard Reflex

If needed - the following will also be  evaluated

  • Rooting 

  • Eye movement - tracking, accomodation, focus

  • Finger movement

  • Landau

  • Babinski Reflex

  • Amphibian

  • Spinal Galant

  • Bauer Crawling

  • Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (STNR)

  • Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR)

The Evaluation:

At Cardinal Capers, a Primitive Reflex Evaluation will determine neurological maturity, the person's neurological patterns under stress, the amount of perceived safety within their body, the presence of active or enmeshed reflexes, aswell as the extent to which reflex patterns are absent or integrated.

The evaluation, process per se, takes 55 minutes, costs $139 and is best booked after we have had a chance to meet (free 20 minutes) and you decide you like me. Most often we will need to do an intake before the eval, because 99% of the time there is back story that plays into the game. The intake helps me to know the complexity of what is going on. It also give us a chance to decide together if Primitive Reflexes are the only area inhibiting maturity and the development of choice. It is possible that there are components of auditory processing and visual motor /perceptual processes that are playing into what is worrying you.

Specific Reflexes Evaluated:

Some Definitions and things to be aware of:

Primitive Reflex Evaluation