Primitive Reflexes: Screening, compensation techniques, and treatment
Primitive reflexes emerge in utero and should be integrated no later than 2 years of age. Unfortunately, studies have shown that approximately 75% of school-aged children with learning disabilities have retained primitive reflexes, which are becoming more common and strongly impact the function of these students. This 2-hour course provides occupational therapists with a screening process to identify each of these retained primitive reflexes: MORO, Tonic Labyrinthine Neck Reflex, Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex, Spinal Galant, and Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex. It also provides compensation techniques and treatment strategies to help integrate each reflex covered. Please note: This most recent recording includes many demonstration videos. This course is also available in a pediatric OT webinar package as well as a school-based package.
- Explain the screening process for each primitive reflex.
- Provide several compensation techniques for retained reflexes in the classroom.
- Identify a treatment exercise for each of the retained reflexes.
- List programs that are available to therapists, teachers, and parents that promote the integration of primitive reflexes.
Target Audience: intermediate-level OTs, COTAs, PTs, PTAs and other professionals working with children with developmental delays.
Course Instructor: Kim Wiggins, OTR/L
Learning Assessment: Objective post-test
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
This course is approved for 0.2 AOTA CEU or two contact hours under this Classification Code: Category 2, OT Process: Intervention.
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