The Grasp Reflex is active from birth until it is integrated into manual skills around the child’s first birthday and later into more precise motor skills, like pencil grip and handwriting.
Some symptoms of a nonintegrated Grasp Reflex
- Challenges with motor control of the hands; weak hands
- Poor fine motor (hand, finger) coordination; poor handwriting, drawing, knitting, playing musical instruments
- Unusual pencil grip
- Poor speech, articulation, and communication skills
- Difficulty grasping or letting go of objects, which can also affect sports like golf and baseball