In response to a question about treating reflexes:


Here is my insight on how this process takes place, based on observation and study since 1987 (and prior careers as well):

There is a repetitive sequence.  The tiny little organism that is a human being, even before birth, will experience a reflex, this leads to a whole body motor pattern, and in the infant and toddler, leads to mobility, which changes their relationship to the sensory world.  So growth is a progression from reflex to whole body pattern, to mobility to sensory growth.  Reflex, movement, sensation.

I have noted this before, but as the sciences related to brain growth and development have progressed over several decades, there was a period of time when there was great excitement about movement, which began with Edu-K (among other approaches), which evolved into Brain Gym; then there was the ‘everyone has a Sensory Integration Disorder” phase, so everyone was dealing with sensation; we have now come to the phase of excitement over ‘retained primitive reflexes’.

In the meantime, Neurological Reorganization (N.R.) has been moving through the reflex, movement, mobility, sensation, guiding the child in an upward spiral of ever more sophisticated integration since the 1960’s.


In brief, and as an example:  a child is prompted by reflexes to lie in a homolateral pattern at a certain stage of development, the hand near the mouth, or the oral/motor reflex prompts a visual/motor response as they see their hand; the legs and arms create a specific relationship to the torso, and all is in place to inform the child about some of the elements of crawling, and off they go.  But movement always causes changes in sensation, as the evolving world that changes in visual, auditory and tactile aspects when one is crawling, and is a totally different experience than lying in an undifferentiated fetal ball.  In crawling their whole sensory world changes.  In fact there is no sensory learning without a motor component.  Reflexes (thumb to mouth, etc.) lead to whole body movement (homolateral pattern) lead to mobility (crawling), lead to sensory changes (horizontal eye tracking being only one example of that stage.)

This is a spiral of growth that recurs with dozens of different reflexes, each of which leads to a new stage of movement and a new integration of sensation.

If you work JUST on movement, JUST on sensory, or JUST on reflex, you are breaking apart the critical elements.  It would be as if, knowing that essentials for life are food, water and air that we provided only air for a while, then moved on to providing only water ———-you get the point:  we have to address everything at the same time.  This is why I chose to study and to practice Neurological Reorganization.