Amphibian (Crawling) Reflex

This postural reflex develops around four to six months of age, and its development depends on the primitive reflexes that come before it, such as the Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR) and the Spinal Galant Reflex. This will allow the infant to have more automatic flexion of the arm, hip and knee on the same side of the body when the hip is raised. In this way, the infant can be ready to roll over, creep and crawl, and eventually walk. In school, this reflex is important in developing motor coordination and whole brain thinking. It is crucial for developing cross lateral movements or movements that cross the midline of the body. It helps to balance both sides of the brain hemispheres and activates more nerve stimulation across the corpus callosum for whole brain activity, necessary for creative thinking and overall cognition.

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