Grip reflex

The reflex is triggered when the child gets something in his hand and closes it.

Explanations Grasping reflex

The reflex influences the development of gross motor skills of the hand. It prepares the distinction between right and left side as well as hand-mouth and hand-foot coordination. Centering is developed through the coordination of upper and lower body movement. The grasp reflex always works together with the pull-up reflex, which is later integrated into the grasp reflex.

If the reflex is not fully integrated, the following abnormalities may occur:

  • The development of laterality is slowed down.
  • Hand-eye coordination remains uncertain.
  • Die Hand-Fuß-Koordination bleibt ebenfalls unsicher.
  • Fine motor problems may occur as a result.
  • The gross motor skills of the hands remain undifferentiated.
  • A cramped pen posture, strong pressure on the pen when drawing and writing, rapid fatigue when writing lead to unwillingness and refusal.
  • Co-movement of the mouth and tongue during writing are observable.
  • Slurred articulation is often heard.

Origin: 11th week intrauterine
Duration: Active from birth to 1 year of life
Integration: End of the 1st year of life

More interesting knowledge…

… about early childhood reflexes, as well as concrete exercises for subsequent integration and centering can be found in my course BalanceHIRO®.