Sometimes our children get stuck as they are developing. This “stuckness” can be attributed to many things. Today we are going to share an early development that often gets stopped or hindered along the way which can cause children to struggle with school, relationships, frustration levels, distractibility and much more. The good news is there are things you can do about it. Knowledge is power and we want you to be empowered with knowing about this potential cause for hiccups.

Bible Passages: Psalm 139:1-4, 13-18

Development Rut Buster

Today tune in for information about a developmental step that often gets stuck. We will talk about primitive reflexes and about them being integrated or retained.

Does your child have any one of these concerns?



Respiratory infections

Muscle tone

Difficulty accepting criticism

Mood swings

Low self-esteem


If you answered yes to any of these concerns, it is possible that your child has retained primitive reflexes.

What are Primitive Reflexes? Here are some:



ATNR or Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex

Spinal Galant

Tonic Labyrinthine,

Symmetrical Tonic

These could be symptoms of retained reflexes.


Learning issues

Awkward Social Skills

Speech difficulties

Sensory integration struggles

Walking gait concerns

Poor handwriting


Bowel problems

Poor memory

Emotional struggles,

One of our favorite resources: Reflexes, Learning and Behavior: A Window into the Child's Mind by Sally Goddard.

Find all this and more on this week’s Podcast.

Tip for the Week – Potty Training for typically developing kids as well as those with developmental challenges.

We share some great information from an article from the Mayo clinic and talk about adapting these ideas for typical children as well as children who have challenges.

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