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Retained Primitive Reflexes and Vision Therapy 

“My child is all over the place. He doesn’t want to sit still.”

“I tend to hold my breath. I feel overwhelmed and anxious when I’m doing something new.”

“My child is toe walking… she has poor balance and coordination.”

“My 9 year-old has bed-wetting issues.

“My toddler will not wear anything with labels or buttons.”

Do any of these sound familiar?


These are some of the difficulties that an individual with retained primitive reflexes may experience. Primitive (or survival) reflexes are part of our normal development, and are present in utero. If they are not deployed and integrated properly at the right time, they can greatly impact a person’s development. These reflexes are involuntary and are the initiative for more advanced gross motor development.

Problematic childbirth, lack of movement, insufficient tummy time during infancy, and a lack of crawling are some of the factors that may cause a retained reflex. There are five primitive reflexes that we test in our office that impact visual development. If you want to learn more, come visit us at our office.