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The 'fencer' or pointing reflex.

When a child has particular difficulty with handwriting, in our experience, immaturity of this primitive reflex, the ATNR,  is always implicated.This reflex not only influences use of the arms and legs but also the use of the eyes. If the optician has told you that your child has perfect vision, but you know that there is something wrong with the child's eyes, the problem is very likely to be not a problem of vision but a problem of eye-movement, caused by an immature ATNR. A retained ATNR, for example, makes the eyes want to go left or right, following the arm that is stretched out to one side or the other. That being so, tracking across the midline is made difficult.




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