For a broad picture of the range of physical and emotional problems that may arise from RRS, see the list of common issues in adults and fill out our Checklist for possible causes and symptoms.

RRS does not confine itself to the traditional symptoms of learning difficulties. There are other associated symptoms that make life much harder than it needs to be for the adult and child. For example:

  • Bedwetting or soiling over the age of five, is likely to indicate that the bladder or sphincter, is being controlled by muscle tension rather than the higher brain control centre, resulting in accidents. This is due to a persistent Spinal Galant Reflex.

  • A poor appetite or picky eating habits often suggest difficulty with swallowing and chewing and an immature digestive system, due to a present Rooting Reflex and Suck Reflex.

  • An exercise-mad, workaholic adult who can’t relax even on holiday, is producing too much adrenaline, due to a still-active Moro Reflex.

  • Hypersensitivity – severe physical discomfort in response to a light touch, hair or nail cutting, having face washed, wearing certain fabrics, etc – is due to a persistent Upper Spinal Reflex

Boys tend to manifest the warning signs in a more obvious physical manner and at an earlier age – 7 or 8 – than girls. They are less likely to control their hyperactivity and anti-social behaviour because boys are expected to be more overtly physical and are less anxious to conform. Girls, on the other hand, tend to develop more successful coping mechanisms during their primary school years, reining in any hyperactivity and covering up their sensitivity, because they want to conform. Their problems are largely disguised but can emerge again through the emotions with the onset of puberty. Typically, a girl with RRS may feel easily overwhelmed and suffer from low self-esteem.

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