Persistent Primitive Reflexes in the Child with Autism (CME track/practitioner registrants only)

Infants are born with certain reflexes, some of which fade so that other reflexes may develop, for example, transitioning from grasping to gripping. In this way the different parts of the brain develop properly, signifying maturation of the central nervous system. Primitive reflexes from the brainstem must fade to postural reflexes so children can interact with their environment through their senses and develop strong neural pathways.

This lecture will look at the topic of retained primitive reflexes and the osteopathic perspective to bringing the ability for greater maturation to the body.

Learning objectives: 


The student will learn what primitive and postural reflexes are.

2)    The student will learn how primitive and postural reflexes are related to the maturation of the CNS.





Shawn K. Centers, DO

Shawn K. Centers, DO, FACOP, BCIM, BCIP, is the medical director of the Children's HOPE Center (Holistic, Osteopathic, Pediatric, Essential). 

Before starting the Children's HOPE Center, Dr. Centers served as the medical director of the Osteopathic Center for Children, where he worked closely with the esteemed Dr. Viola Frymann for over 20 years. He is an internationally renowned pediatrician and osteopath chosen by Dr. Frymann to continue her work. 

Over the years, under the direction of Dr. Viola Frymann and Dr. Shawn Centers, patients have been seen from all over the United States, Europe, Asia, and Mexico; Drs. Frymann and Centers developed the Osteopathic Center for Children into a renowned international training center, working with physicians and osteopaths from around the world.