The Effects of Integration Therapy on Retained Primitive Reflexes
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For this study, I researched the effects of occupational therapy in integrating retained primitive reflexes to determine if it improves attention span, visual perception tasks, posture during handwriting, and performance of exercises (shooting star, tuck and extend, bridge, and prayer pose). I used data from 12 children who attended occupational therapy at a pediatric therapy clinic in the southeastern United States. I found that there was a significant correlation between how long the therapy was performed and fewer cues needed to prompt the child to improve or correct their attention span, visual perception tasks, posture during handwriting, and performance of exercises. The data suggests that there is a significant correlation between integrated retained primitive reflexes and attention span, visual perception skills, posture, and motor skills. Over a one-year period, there was a significant decrease in the number of cues needed to correct each child during therapy for their attention, posture, visual perception tasks, and the four exercises the child performed.