•  When your baby’s head moves forward (their chin toward their chest), their legs straighten and their arms bend.  When your baby’s head moves backward (away from their chest), their legs bend and their arms straighten

    The reflex helps your baby learn to use the top half and the bottom half of their body independently of each other.

    Like the rest of your little one’s primitive reflexes, the STNR is integrated — meaning, it disappears — as baby reaches 9 to 12 months old.

    The proper integration of the STNR is very important in visual development. If a child does not creep and crawl, they do not get the experience of visually tracking their hands as they move forward in space which helps to develop the ability of the eyes to cross the midline when tracking.

     Poor balance and poor eye-hand coordination

     Difficulty tracking or catching a ball

     Messy eater

      Poor learning abilities

     Poor balance

     Poor depth perception

     Difficulty recognizing social cues

     Poor space and time awareness

     Anchors feet behind chair legs while sitting

     “W” position when sitting on floor

     Difficulty aligning numbers for math calculations


    To integrate this reflex and exercise called "Get Pumped Up" is completed for thirty days consistently.

    The child is placed on their hands and knees and the child is looking up - This position is also called the table position

    The child rocks back until the head is down and the child is looking at their knees

    Next the child slowly goes backk up to the start postion. Continue one full exercise every 2 to 4 seconds for a full thirty seconds.

    Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (STNR): "The Stretching Cat" is a similar exercise you can watch on YouTube