Books About Primitive Reflexes

Primitive Reflexes impact a child’s ability to function in so many ways. Learning about primitive motor reflexes is something that we’ve all gone through as therapists during our school career during those days in occupational therapy schools. There are many questions about primitive reflex integration, too. Specifically what is a reflex and what is reflex integration. That’s why I wanted to put together some information on primitive reflex integration, including books about primitive reflexes so that a collection of tools are available for anyone researching reflexes and their impact on functioning. You’ll also find more resources on primitive reflex integration including courses on primitive reflexes.

Books about primitive reflexes and resources for learning about primitive reflexes including primitive reflexes courses and reflex integration trainings.

Books on Primitive Reflex Integration

The following books are resources available on Amazon. There are many more books on primitive reflexes out there, and they are tools that therapists may have had access to during occupational therapy school programing. I wanted to limit the list below to books that are easily accessible.

Have you read or used any of these books on primitive reflexes? Do you have any other book recommendations that you would like to share with readers? Let me know your thoughts by emailing

The Dominance Factor: How Knowing Your Dominant Eye, Ear, Brain, Hand & Foot Can Improve Your Learning by Carla Hannaford

A Basis for Sensorimotor Development-Normal and Abnormal: The Influence of Primitive, Postural Reflexes on the Development and Distribution of Tone by Mary R. Fiorentino

The Well Balanced Child: Movement and Early Learning (Early Years) by Sally Goddard Blythe 

The Symphony of Reflexes: Interventions for Human Development, Autism, ADHD, CP, and Other Neurological Disorders by Bonnie Brandes M.Ed. 

Other Primitive Reflex Resources

Rhythmic Movement Training is a reflex integration program that uses developmental movements, gentle isometric pressure and self-awareness to rebuild the foundations necessary to help overcome learning, sensory, emotional and behavioural challenges for children and adults.

What courses have you taken that you would recommend to other therapists? Let me know and I will add them to this database! 

Need more information on retained primitive reflexes? 

This Primitive Reflexes e-course and workbook are available now and through October 15th. The window is closing soon! The course is only available until October 15, 2018, so don’t miss out!

For the clients, students, and kids that you see and work with every day that possibly have one or more retained primitive reflexes, may struggle in any of the following areas:

  • Sensitive to touch, sound, smell and taste
  • Balance issues, is clumsy, struggles with sports, runs into furniture
  • Freezes or is in constant fight or flight mode
  • Poor impulse control, easily distracted, severe mood swings
  • Can’t cross the midline, trouble with hand-eye coordination, struggles with fine motor
  • Has difficulty tracking when reading and writing
  • Poor posture, attention issues, wraps legs around chair, wets the bed after age 5
  • W-sitting, poor muscle control, toe walking


Primitive Reflexes e-Course and Handbook

The Primitive Reflexes course includes the following:

  • More than 40 videos of personal instruction, testing for the reflexes and exercises to integrate the reflexes
  • 85-page digital handbook with signs and symptoms of primitive reflexes, myths about primitive reflexes, testing and exercises
  • 7 charts and graphs that include parent observation sheets, exercise schedule, progress tracking sheets, learning and motor development checklists and much more
  • Private Facebook group where you can ask questions about testing or exercises, visit with other parents or OTs that have had similar experiences and receive additional instruction or trainings as needed

Use these books about primitive reflex integration to learn more about reflexes and reflex integration