In both children and adults our bodies, sensory processing, emotions and cognition can seem like they have a “mind of their own”. Most of us to some degree adapt and compensate for whatever level of maturation these aspects of ourselves have attained. These adaptations and compensations limit our freedom and possibilities for continued growth and change. Underneath these aspects of ourselves are the infant developmental processes which create a framework for our full expression. If maturation of this framework is somehow inhibited – which is the norm in industrialized societies – we adapt and compensate as best we can.
Whatever our age, we can revisit the process of development of this framework, and further its maturation, thereby liberating ourselves from limitations implicit in our adaptations and compensations, emerging into an experience of change as normal, and increasing our ability to manage stress. Movement exercises supporting further maturation of this framework can provide immediate benefit. The survey presented here is helpful for identifying which exercises will be most beneficial. The link to the survey is at the bottom of this page. Please read though as there are instructions and relevant information in these paragraphs.
Reflexes Influence Behavior:
A reflex is a neuromotor automaticity which matures through a specific sequence in our early development. Behavior is the means through which we respond to stimuli in our surroundings. When the sequence of maturation of a reflex is not fully expressed, the immature reflex can influence our perception at a level so fundamental that it can determine whether we perceive change as a threat or an opportunity, and globally influence our behavior. By identifying incomplete reflex maturation, we can employ exercises specific to that reflex, thereby enhancing the movement, sensory processing, emotional and cognitive characteristics of behavior. The survey in this website identifies the underlying reflexes for which additional coaching will be most effective.
The survey in this website sorts attributes of behavior relative to the underlying reflex(es) which have been recognized to influence specific behaviors. After answering the questions, the information will be processed to return one or more reflexes that could be aided in their further maturation. From there, one can link to exercises which will assist in this endeavor. The informational framework this survey is built on is sourced from the work of Sally Goddard Blythe and others. [COMPLETE REFERENCE]
The survey consists of approximately 100 questions in four sections: movement, sensory processing, emotion and cognition. You can do the survey for either yourself, your child or someone else. Please try and spend no more than 5-10 seconds on each question. There is no fee for the use of this survey, and no identifying information, such as an email address, is collected. When the survey is completed you can print out the results, or save them as a pdf, which has links to information on the identified reflexes, and suggestions for exercises and activities that will assist in their further maturation.
Doing the Survey in Relation to a Goal:
If you are struggling with a specific challenge in your life, you may do the survey in the context of this challenge. Leave the answers to questions not relevant to your experience of your challenge blank. The more honesty and consideration you can bring to this, the more accurate the resulting reflexes lacking maturation in relation to your goal will be. Doing the exercises relevant for the reflexes listed in the report may help you to break through the barrier between yourself and the result you desire.
The accuracy of the report generated by this survey is constrained, as a poorly matured reflex may generate unique compensations and adaptations which would not be picked up by these questions. These associations between behaviors and reflexes are generalizations. However, these generalizations are true most of the time, and are widely recognized correlations, but usually miss some nuance picked up by a trained observer. The bias of the person doing the survey is also unavoidable. For general purposes, and as a diagnostic starting point, this survey is adequate, but this survey is not a stand alone diagnostic tool for reflex maturation assessment.
THIS SITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WITH A GO LIVE DATE OF 9/1/15
As of 3/10/15, the survey is working, but the material on the relevance of the specific reflexes, and exercises for them, is incomplete. You are welcome to try the survey. Please ignore the typos – the coding for the survey was done by a third party whose role was to get the survey functioning. This will be corrected shortly. Any comments or feedback on ways to increase the utility of this site are greatly appreciated.