Dyspraxia is a disorder where programming and execution of movement affects the performance of certain activities. For example, someone with dyspraxia may present with abnormal persistence of unwanted movements. When executing a movement, such as holding a pencil or cutting with scissors, movements of the mouth or the tongue occur.
The Role of Proprioception and Primitive Reflexes in the Development of Motor Coordination
The proper organization of the proprioceptive system allows the child, from birth, to move in a world governed by gravity, and thus to situate himself in his space. Any flaw in this spatio-temporal organization inevitably hinders the smooth functioning of the inborn pre-programmed sequences of motor reflex patterns making the coordinated execution of the motor tasks essential to the baby’s survival.
Posturepro’s proposed proprioceptive treatment consists of performing a Postural Recalibration. This Recalibration stabilizes the various sensory organs (foot, eye, mouth) to promote the synchronization of bodily information, and stimulates inter-hemispheric relations (right brain/left brain) to encourage their integration, as well as the recovery of the mechanisms of automatization.
Exercises that stimulate the persistent primitive reflexes facilitate this integration. The child may contribute to the therapy by conducting daily exercises at home.