The World of Reflexes: The rooting reflex and its importance for survival and development [Reflexes]

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The World of Reflexes: The rooting reflex and its importance for survival and development with Dr. Laura Hanson

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Today we’re continuing our series on reflexes. Each time I talk about reflexes, I’m reminded of how fascinating and far-reaching they are. Reflexes precede sensory-motor abilities so if someone has a sensory-motor deficit, it is important to go back and look at their reflexes. Development is one layer upon another upon another and if something isn’t working correctly, we have to look at each layer to figure out where things went wrong and what we need to do to move forward.

In this episode, we’ll be taking a closer look at the rooting reflex, which is probably one you’ve heard of before. The rooting reflex is really important for swallowing, sucking, and feeding. This reflex begins in the womb between 24 and 28 weeks gestation, is completely present at birth, and usually inhibits at 3 – 4 months postnatal. Listen in as I explain what the rooting reflex is, its importance for survival and development, how earlier reflexes lay the groundwork for it, and the consequences of a retained rooting reflex.

As always, I hope this episode will help you understand your child and their development better, as well as give you the tools you need to help your child move forward. Remember that changing your brain is not a quick, one-size-fits-all answer, but that with the right plan, people, and resources, you can change your brain!

In this episode, we cover:

  • An overview of the rooting reflex
  • How the rooting reflex is connected to the primitive reflexes and withdrawal reflexes
  • Reasons for a retained rooting reflex
  • Consequences of a retained rooting reflex

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More about Connect My Brain:

Why is this happening to my kid and what can I do about it? If you’re the parent of a developmentally delayed child, you’ve probably asked this question more than once. That’s where I come in! I’m Dr. Laura Hanson and I specialize in identifying the “why” and telling you the “what.” Join me every Thursday for a deeper look at how our brains are wired and how to get the most out of your mind. Are you looking to break negative patterns, overcome mood disorders, or optimize your potential? Maybe your child struggles with ADHD, OCD or other learning difficulties. Tune in to Connect My Brain, where I explain concepts like biofeedback and neurofeedback, brainwave frequencies, and much more. Let me help you change your life by changing your mind! Contact me HERE.


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