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Integrate the Moro Reflex to Stop ADHD Behavior

Updated on October 20, 2009

The Moro Reflex

The moro reflex, often referred to as the startle reflex, is an involuntary reflex present at birth. It usually becomes integrated by six months of age. It is a survival reflex. When an infant is startled, his pupils dilate and he throws his arms in the air. It is a sign that the baby has a healthy nervous system.


But if the reflex does not become inhibited, then the body is in a constant state of survival mode. This creates an overload of adrenaline, which contributes to hyperactivity, as well as problems with concentration and memory.


Hypertension in ADHD and Autistic Children

Children with ADHD, autism and other nervous system disorders are often extremely startled by sudden loud , high pitched or sudden noises that they did not initiate. They often have trouble knowing where there body is in space, bumping into things, or falling down. They resist change and have trouble with transitions.


It is not easy for working moms and dads to find childcare for children with such challenging behavior. It is not easy to take these children out in public, either, for fear of how they will behave.


My son was the same way until we began doing sensory integration therapy exercises from Rhythmic Movement Training. These exercises are simple to use at home. They are based on the movements that infants make in the first two years of life. The simplest exercise to integrate the Moro Reflex is rolling on an exercise ball. As the child rolls forward, he catches himself with his hands and looks up to say “Good Morning!” As he rolls back, he hugs the ball and looks down to say, “Good Night!”

Noninvasive Therapy for ADHD and Autism

I have been using these nonivasive exercises with my son and in my Montessori preschool for three years. I have seen tremendous improvement in ability to focus and to mature emotionally when children regularly participate in these exercises. Those who avoid these exercises are the ones who remain “stuck” in negative behavior patterns, and who have the least motor skill development.


Rhythmic Movement Training began in Sweden by a psychiatrist named Kirsten Linde. Then, a Swedish psychiatrist named Dr. Harold Blomberg used it to overcome the effect of polio. He used it with his patients with overwhelming success, eventually gaining the approval of the Swedish Medical Board. It is now gaining in popularity in the U.S. Harald has helped countless children with nervous disorders such as ADHD and autism to overcome their disabilities and gain control of their reflexes.


Active Primitive Reflexes and ADHD Behavior

Primitive reflexes are essential for development of head control, muscle tone and sensory integration.


The Moro Reflex, is an involuntary response to a sudden change in stimuli. A sudden change in body position , a loud noise , an intense touch, a bright light. These startle the baby and can trigger the Moro Reflex.


When the Moro Reflex is active, it hinders other involuntary primitive reflexes from becoming integrated to make way for mature, voluntary reflexes. So, the body is in a constant state of hypertension. These criteria for an active Moro Reflex are similar to the criteria for ADHD and autism.


Has a short fuse

Is uncoordinated, has poor balance

Is extremely sensitive to light, movement, sound, touch and smell

Has difficulties with vision, reading and writing.

Has trouble with transitions.

Has cycles of extreme hyperactivity and exhaustion


Working moms and dads are already exhausted, trying to juggle work, family and friends. The quick fix is to reaching for the phone and get a doctor to prescribe some methamphetamine for your child so he will calm down. But I urge you to first consider getting help to integrate the Moro Reflex and other primitive reflexes. (MARY VIDEO) Consider the development of the whole child. Rhythmic Movement Training improves learning, communication, behavior, emotional development and general well being.

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      Mare 5 years ago

      We have been trying to integrate the moro reflex since February so that we can move on to the galant. My son is 8 and wets daily. Complete inattention and trouble with transition goes along with this. Any clue how long the integration takes?

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      amjal preaa 7 years ago

      Another interesting perspective of the island, thanks for the Hub. Blessings, JR

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      ajmal karra 7 years ago

      This is a wonderful post. After spending four years working on my son's developmental issues we stumbled upon primitive reflexes. We learned that my son has the moro reflex and gallant reflex and he's 7 years old! We are making great strides in his sensory disorder by doing therapy to integrate these reflexes. I think the more information we get out there, the better. As many specialists and therapist as we had seen, none every mentioned this until we met with a vision therapist.

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      Jan 7 years ago

      This is a wonderful post. After spending four years working on my son's developmental issues we stumbled upon primitive reflexes. We learned that my son has the moro reflex and gallant reflex and he's 7 years old! We are making great strides in his sensory disorder by doing therapy to integrate these reflexes. I think the more information we get out there, the better. As many specialists and therapist as we had seen, none every mentioned this until we met with a vision therapist.

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