How to test for the Asymmetrical Tonic Neck reflex at home
Ask your child to get on all fours with their arms straight, fingers pointing forward and the head in neutral.
With their weight over their hands, rotate your child’s head left or right. If their elbow bends on the opposite side of head rotation OR their weight shifts off or away from their hands, then this reflex is probably present.
Alternatively, have your child stand with arms straight out in front of them at shoulder height. Ask the child to turn their head fully to the left or fully to the right while maintaining the position of the arms out front.
If their torso and arms turn in the direction of the head or if the arms drop, this reflex is likely present.
This signifies that your child has not yet disassociated neck movement from shoulder movement.
What to do about it?
A Kinesiology balance can identify and rectify retained primitive reflexes. If you think your child may have a retained Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex, you can give me a call or book online for an initial appointment where I test for many of the primitive and postural reflexes.