Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex (TLR)
TLR provides the baby with a means of learning about gravity and mastering neck and head control. This reflex is important for giving the baby the opportunity to practice balance; increase muscle tone; and develop the proprioceptive and balance senses.
TLR is vital for balance, eye tracking, auditory processing, muscle tone and organized movements - all of which are essential to the development of our ability to focus and pay attention.
If the TLR is active you can expect to see the following symptoms:
Problems with convergence Poor head control and muscle tone
Poor sense of balance and coordination Holds head up when reading or writing
May wrap legs around chair or "w" sit Easily tires. Will want to sit or lie down
Dominant hand, foot, eye...not established Spatial and organizational difficulties including directional instructions
Problems following directions Fear of heights, walking over slatted bridges, open back staircases
Stiff, jerky movements Difficulties swimming breast stroke or butterfly
Poor sense of time Disorganized and forgetful, frequently late, poorly prepared for class
Poor concentration and comprehension Auditory confusion,
Poor alignment skills for math Poor sequencing, language, communication skills
Slow progress at school, makes silly mistakes leading to low self-esteem and confidence
Often "out of touch" with emotions and feelings
More About the TLR
TLR forward -Emerges 12 weeks after conception and integrates 3-4 months after birth
TLR backward - Emerges at birth and integrates gradually up to age 3
It is triggered by the head moving forward or backward. When the head moves forward, the arms and leags bend in toward the body. When the head moves backwards, the arms and legs extend.
The function of this reflex is to develop the vestibular system, muscle tone and proprioception.