#100 to #104 - The Primitive Reflex Podcast Series

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC June 10, 2020

In celebration of reaching 100 podcast episodes, Rach & Jess are diving into primitive reflexes with a 5 day series. Within these 5 episodes, you will hear information on the top 5 primitive reflexes that they, as Occupational Therapy Assistants, work with when treating within the pediatric population.

Below, you'll find all 5 episodes, along with their links to different podcast platforms. We also have blog posts to accompany the episodes which you can dive deeper on.

If you'd like to see a full overview, check out our article all about primitive reflexes.

Now, if you'd like to dive really deep on all things Primitive Reflexes, we offer a full Primitive Reflex Integration Training

We didn't cover the Palmar Grasp Reflex in this series, but we cover that in episode #149, which you can find here.

Episode #100 - The Moro Reflex

The Moro Reflexis an involuntary movement in response to sudden stimuli. It should be fully integrated by six months after birth. If it's still around after six months, it's considered a retained primitive reflex and might require special attention from an occupational therapists.

To dive deeper on the Moro Reflex, check out our article on it, which also contains videos to help test for it



Episode #101 - The Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex

The Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex (TLR) is a direct response to gravity, which is very new to infants! The TLR should be fully integrated by 3 years old.

To dive deeper on the Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex, check out our article on it, which also contains videos to help test for it



Episode #102 - The Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex

The Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR) is from a relationship of head movements causing certain arm and leg movements. It should be fully integrated by no later than 9 months of age.

To dive deeper on the Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex, check out our article on it, which also contains videos to help test for it



Episode #103 - The Spinal Galant Reflex

The Spinal Galant Reflex is to help children during the birthing process. When stimuli is provided to the lower back, infants will move away from that stimuli. The Spinal Galant Reflex should be fully integrated by 6 months of age.

To dive deeper on the Spinal Galant Reflex, check out our article on it, which also contains videos to help test for it



Episode #104 - The Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex

The Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (STNR) assists babies with move from laying on their belly to getting onto all 4's. It should be fully integrated by 11 months of age.

To dive deeper on the Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex, check out our article on it, which also contains videos to help test for it

 

Please remember - neither Rachel nor Jessica are certified in any one integration technique. Their experience in the field of primitive reflex integration comes from over 6 years of learning from mentors, research, continuing education studies, and personal experience. The information provided in these 5 episodes are for educational purposes only - they are not designed to diagnose or treat any conditions. 

 

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BORING, BUT NECESSARY LEGAL DISCLAIMERS

While we make every effort to share correct information, we are still learning. We will double check all of our facts but realize that medicine is a constantly changing science and art. One doctor / therapist may have a different way of doing things from another. We are simply presenting our views and opinions on how to address common sensory challenges, health related difficulties and what we have found to be beneficial that will be as evidenced based as possible. By listening to this podcast, you agree not to use this podcast as medical advice to treat any medical condition in either yourself or your children. Consult your child’s pediatrician/ therapist for any medical issues that he or she may be having. This entire disclaimer also applies to any guests or contributors to the podcast. Under no circumstances shall Rachel Harrington, Harkla, Jessica Hill, or any guests or contributors to the podcast, as well as any employees, associates, or affiliates of Harkla, be responsible for damages arising from use of the podcast.

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This podcast should not be used in any legal capacity whatsoever, including but not limited to establishing “standard of care” in a legal sense or as a basis for expert witness testimony. No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy of any statements or opinions made on the podcast.

Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC
Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC

Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC and Jessica Hill, COTA/L both Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA). They have been working with children for over 6 years in outpatient settings. Rachel and Jessica specialize in creating easy-to-digest, actionable content that families can use to help their child's progress at home. Rachel and Jessica are the in-house experts, content creators, and podcast hosts at Harkla! To learn more about Rachel and Jessica, visit the Harkla About Us Page. Make sure to listen to their weekly podcast, All Things Sensory by Harkla for actionable, fun advice on child development.


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