All Things Sensory by Harkla

#149 - The Palmar Grasp Reflex

April 21, 2021 Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC & Jessica Hill, COTA/L
All Things Sensory by Harkla
#149 - The Palmar Grasp Reflex
Show Notes

Today’s episode is about another primitive reflex: the palmar grasp reflex. 

Primitive reflexes impact so many things! Be sure to check out our 5-episode series on primitive reflexes (#100-104), as we continue our mission to get this information out there to everyone! 

The palmar grasp reflex happens when pressure is put on an infant’s palm & they reflexively curl their fingers to grasp whatever is in their palm. 

You’ll hear about all things related to palmar grasp reflex, including 3 key related learning disabilities, when it emerges & integrates normally, what happens when it doesn't, and how it correlates to speech & feeding. 

We also discuss potential reasons why it doesn’t integrate & end off the episode with loads of different activities to help your kiddos integrate their reflexes & assist in their development. Tune in & enjoy!

If you want to become an expert on Primitive Reflexes, check out our Retained Primitive Reflex Integration Training!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • What the palmar grasp reflex looks like.
  • Hear about 3 key terms: dyslexia, dysgraphia, & dyscalculia.
  • When the palmar grasp emerges & integrates.
  • Learn about the integration & development of the grasp as the baby ages.  
  • What happens when the palmar grasp reflex isn’t integrated at the expected age.
  • The potential correlation with speech issues; the relationship between hand & mouth.
  • Overflow associated movements into the mouth during fine motor tasks, & opposite hand movements during novel or complex tasks.
  • The correlation between the palmar grasp reflex, the rooting reflex, & feeding.
  • Some activities to try if you think your kiddos palmar grasp reflex hasn't integrated.

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Links Mentioned in This Episode:

All Things Sensory on Instagram
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Harkla Blog Post: What are Primitive Reflexes
Harkla Blog Post: The Palmar Grasp Reflex
Primitive Reflex Podcast Series
Kathy Johnson on LinkedIn
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