Primary Reflex Assessment

Dr. Leah Light conducts several Primary Reflex Assessments (PRA) each week at Brainchild Institute. The Primary Reflex Assessment has three components.The first portion is a thirty minute audiological evaluation to check the functionality of hearing. This includes otosocopy, tympanometry, audiometry, and evoked otoacoustic emissions.The second phase of the PRA consists of an evaluation of primary motor reflex patterns (primary reflexes), vestibular function, and visual tracking and convergence. The final stage of the Primary Reflex Assessment is concluded with a thirty to forty-five minute parent conference with Dr. Light to discuss her findings and recommendations for next steps.

What causes primitive reflexes to persist beyond the first year of life? The possibilities are many, including prematurity, trauma, sensory and/or motor deprivation, illness etc. The important thing to recognize is that when a cluster of retained primary reflexes persist beyond the first year of life; a developmental delay results, leading to impaired learning, social, and academic skills. The good news is that primitive reflexes can be retrained using specific movement techniques including the Masgutova Method (MNRI). Brainchild Institute encourages parents, care takers and loved ones to learn as much MNRI as they can to use with their children at home for faster results.The results lead to happier, better coordinated, more organized and “able to learn” youngsters who are prepared for future growth and development.