A child who has an underdeveloped visual system often times has retained primitive reflexes, which means that the automatic responses the body performed out of self-protection at birth are still present. As an infant begins to mature a child’s primitive reflexes should be replaced by more mature patterns of response (postural reflexes).
Children with retained primitive reflexes often have difficulty with beat, rhythm, body awareness, fine motor skills, as well as with balance and the processing of auditory information. In such cases, Dr. Wylie provides patients with a few short procedures that are to be done daily to retrain the reflexes. Once general motor, full body control/movement, is achieved visual motor skills can be developed.