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Integrating Primitive Reflexes in the Preschool Setting

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Integrating Primitive Reflexes in the Preschool Setting

Formal primitive reflex integration typically begins in children who are around 4 to 6 years old. However, there are a variety of functional activities that pediatric professionals can incorporate with preschoolers to help their nervous systems function at their best. This practical, 2-hour webinar provides a simple framework of activities to incorporate into preschool treatment and classroom settings to facilitate primitive reflex integration without formal testing.

Learning Outcomes

  1. List commonly retained reflexes that impact functional skills in the preschool setting.
  2. Identify classroom modifications that therapists can implement to benefit the entire class.
  3. State the connection between ocular motor development and reflex integration as it pertains to functional play activities.
  4. List one functional activity to incorporate in the preschool setting to assist with the integration of commonly retained primitive reflexes.

Course Information

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

AOTA-Approved Provider Program

Sensational Brain LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development (#8215). PD activity approval ID# 09391. This distance learning, independent activity is offered at 0.2 CEUs, Introductory level, OT Delivery Service, Foundational Knowledge. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition.

Sensational Brain owner and speaker, Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC

Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, CPRCS, is a pediatric occupational therapy assistant, passionate about sensory integration, primitive reflexes, and early intervention. In October 2020, Rachel took over Sensational Brain, previously owned by Gwen Wild, MOT, OTR/L, in which she has rebranded and expanded into new courses, products, and more!

In addition to Sensational Brain, Rachel founded The Sensory Project, which shares simple sensory strategies and tips and handmade sensory tools on Etsy. She works part-time with Harkla to create sensory-related content for parents and therapists through a podcast, courses, and more.

Rachel is passionate about sharing her knowledge of sensory integration by participating in speaking engagements with nonprofit organizations, schools, childcare centers, and community events to increase early identification of sensory processing challenges.

Rachel lives in Boise, Idaho, with her husband, two young children and golden retriever, where they are always hiking, exploring or spending time with family.


  • Financial: Rachel is the owner of Sensational Brain LLC and receives proceeds from all sales and co-hosts All Things Sensory by Harkla Podcast.
  • Nonfinancial: Rachel works part-time with Harkla Co.

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