New Findings in Connection with Learning and Behavioural Challenges in Children

16 December 2020
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Incredible new findings may change the way we think about our children’s learning and behavioural struggles.

A study was recently published involving the largest group of children ever researched with regards to primitive reflexes, a topic which we are beyond passionate about here at Brain 1st.

About the study

Over 2000 children and youth who had learning or behavioural difficulties were involved in the study. Every one of those children also had the presence of retained primitive reflexes.

The paper discussed how an increase in the severity of the retained primitive reflexes directly correlated with more severe symptoms and lower academic scores. As retained primitive reflexes diminished and reintegrated as normal for them, improvements in learning and behavioural outcomes were observed. One way to help reintegrate is through a specific movement program that mimics many physical developmental stages.

Researching the effects of retained primitive reflexes has been studied by professionals around the world for decades and is extremely helpful in understanding the connection between these reflexes and reduced academic performance and behaviour. The release of quality research like this is groundbreaking for those working with children of any age.

Read the full research article here.

What are retained primitive reflexes?

Primitive reflexes are present during the earliest stages of life to aid in birth and survival- these are normal and healthy to have at this time. As children develop and their brains become more mature, these reflexes should become inhibited and should no longer be present. Retention of these reflexes as a child grows can play a factor in learning outcomes, emotional behaviour, and development. More specifically, retained primitive reflexes may lead to poor coordination, abnormal movement patterns, issues with handwriting, difficulty reading and spelling, emotional regulation, and attention problems.

Read more about retained primitive reflexes here.

Brain 1st’s Primitive Reflexes Course

The good news is that reducing the presence of these reflexes may be relatively simple with Brain 1st’s primitive reflex course for the classroom! By introducing this subject to education, many more children can access this safe and gentle intervention that could greatly impact their learning and emotional profiles, thus improving the classroom! The Primitive Reflex course features easy-to-follow videos that guides young students through specific movements geared to integrate and remediate primitive reflexes.

Want to try the primitive reflex course for yourself? Sign up for a free one-week trial here.


Melillo, R., Leisman, G., Mualem, R., Ornai, A., & Carmeli, E. (2020, November 17). Persistent Childhood

Primitive Reflex Reduction Effects on Cognitive, Sensorimotor, and Academic Performance in ADHD. Frontiers in Public Health , 8 , 684. 10.3389

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