STNR is an important reflex to help strengthen muscle tone in the back body, preparing the infant for later upright posture. The reflex affects the child’s eye tracking, cross-body movements, auditory processing, and eye-hand coordination. If an infant did not crawl, crawled for a short period, or crawled in an awkward fashion (ie, one leg dragging); it is likely the child would benefit from working the reflex.
A retained STNR can affect school work, as the student will have trouble sitting in a chair for long periods.

Common symptoms of an unintegrated STNR include:

  • difficulty copying off blackboard
  • slouched position when at a desk/table, or lying over the desk/table
  • sits in a “W” position
  • difficulty with binocular vision
  • poor eye, hand coordination; difficulty with ball games
  • tires quickly when reading
  • complains of blurry text when reading
  • muscle tension in legs or shoulders; tension headaches
  • child supports head with hands
  • skipped crawling, or had an altered pattern
To test STNR:
Have your child in an all four’s position (on hands and knees). Have them slowly move their head tilting their chin towards the ceiling, hold for 5 seconds, then towards the floor “as if looking through your thighs” and hold for 5 seconds. Repeat this procedure up to 6 times.  Observe your child’s arms and legs during the head movements. A retained reflex is noted if there is any bending of the arm or raising of the feet during head flexion. And if there is straightening of the arms or flexion of the knees during head extension.

If any of these sound like your child, there is a possibility they may need their Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex integrated in order to improve their function.

Contact us today to get your child started on a program to integrate their reflexes and improve their function.