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  • Writer's pictureNancy Sokol Green


Here’s how dyspraxia symptoms may also be explained by retained primitive reflexes and incomplete lower brain development.

Problems with hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and the integration of two sides of the body can be signs of one or more retained primitive reflexes. For example, if the Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex is still active, it’s as though a wall separates the left and right brain hemisphere. This makes it difficult for a person to cross the midline and do tasks that require right and left brain integration.

Problems with clumsiness, tripping, spilling, and lack of awareness of body position can be signs of poor proprioception. A well-functioning proprioceptive system provides on-going information that tells us where our body parts are and what they’re doing (without looking at them), and where we are in relation to other people and objects in the environment.

Problems with balance can be a sign of poor vestibular processing. Without a natural sense of balance, motor activities such as riding a bike may not be possible.


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