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
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.