The effect of a reflex replication program on retained primary reflexes, motor coordination, vocabulary, visual motor ability and rapid naming in preprimary aged children
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Faculty of Education and Arts
The link between movement and cognition is not new, but remains steeped in controversy in the educational community. One of the reasons for this controversy has been the lack of substantia1 research that supports the link between movement programs and observable academic benefits. The results of recent research have indicated that the retention of primary reflexes, particularly the tonic neck reflexes in young children, can result in difficulties that affect the overall functioning of the child. The retainment of reflexes may lead to clumsiness, poor eye hand coordination, poor manipulative skills and consequently academic achievement may be compromised in some chi1dren (Sugden & Wright, 1998). This research is about determining the efficacy of Primary Movement program, a reflex replication program designed to reduce the effect of these inappropriately retained reflexes (McPhillips, Hepper, & Mulhern, 2000)
Callcott, Deborah L., "The effect of a reflex replication program on retained primary reflexes, motor coordination, vocabulary, visual motor ability and rapid naming in preprimary aged children " (2008). Theses: Doctorates and Masters. Paper 181.