The integration of primitive reflexes and the development of postural reflexes are key to proper sensory-motor development. Proper sensory-motor processing is essential in order for a child to be able to learn academically, socially, emotionally and motor skills. When the sensory-motor systems are immature, a person may have difficulty with muscle tone, balance and posture. This may be expressed in children as difficulty with attention, focus, cognition, mood, social and academic performance and more. Poor spinal biomecfhanics can impede a child’s ability to achieve specific motor milestones which are necessary for proper integration of primitive reflexes and the development of postural reflexes. Chiropractors should be able to recognize and address these reflexes to improve spinal and overall health as a child grows.
Primitive reflexes should be integrated by no later than the first year of life. Dr. Buerger will cover how to evaluate primitive and postural reflexes in the older child (ages 4 and up). She will also demonstrate specific integration maneuvers and specific exercises that can be applied for each reflex should they remain active. Because each child’s functional capacity is different, she will also address how to modify/adapt these depending on the ability of the child. She will also discuss the important role that chiropractic care has on the integration of primitive reflexes, the development of postural reflexes and the development of the sensory-motor systems.
This course is packed full of critical information that can change the tide on a child’s health, development and success in life!
By the end of the seminar, you will be better able to
• properly identify normal vs abnormal neurodevelopment and the connections to spine and overall health;
• assess childhood reflexes; and
• manage abnormal childhood reflexes properly by incorporating specific exercises along with chiropractic care.