PALMAR (GRASP) REFLEX
You will notice the grasp reflex in infants when they wrap their fingers around yours when placed in their palm. Crawling helps to integrate the palmar reflex by forcing the child’s hand to open with weight bearing. The hand and mouth reflexes are uniquely intertwined and both need to be integrated for the other to work well. The palmar reflex is the foundation for all fine motor tasks.
Common symptoms of an unintegrated Palmar Reflex include:
- poor handwriting
- delayed fine motor skills (trouble with buttons, zippers, laces, etc)
- movement of mouth/tongue while writing or doing fine motor tasks
- speech or articulation difficulties
- delayed grasp
- too tight or too loose pencil grip
To Test Palmar Reflex:
Using a soft brush or eraser end of a pencil, gently stroke from wrist crease through fingers with a relaxed arm. Tester can support the child’s arm. Use a gentle object to stroke along the hand either 1) along the life line from above the thumb down to the wrist crease, or 2) from the wrist up to the finger pads. If you notice any of the following the reflex is likely unintegrated:
- movements of the fingers inwards towards the stimulus
- wrist or elbow movement
- extreme sensitivity
- tongue/mouth movement
If any of these sound like your child, there is a possibility they may need their Palmar (Grasp) 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.