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14th November 2020


15th November 2020


European School of Osteopathy, Boxley House, Boxley, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3DZ   View map

-CANCELLED – Please email CPD@eso.ac.uk to enquire about plans for an online alternative

Introduction to primitive reflexes and developmental delay

Presented by Jamie Taylor and supported by Lynsey Taylor

Saturday 14 – Sunday 15 November 2020 – £300 (includes lunch and refreshments)

Alumni discount – use code ESO25 or contact us to book by telephone on 01622 760816

The ESO will be operating events to comply with all Covid guidance
and comply with safety as relevant at the time of each seminar/event.

Course overview

This course aims to provide a seminar for osteopaths with an interest in child development, integrating assessment and treatment regimes to support children with retained reflexes. Combining practical demonstration and theory with task orientated learning the course will explore the role of osteopathic manual therapy in post birth aetiological factors.

The course will provide clinical tools in which to improve participants’ osteopathic paediatric skills. The competency will improve examination, diagnosis and treatment, concentrating on several specific areas of child development, integrating this into osteopath’s existing body of knowledge.

Theoretical content will include: theory of aetiology of developmental delay; description of global developmental delay; conditions specific to cognitive and gross motor delay; Cerebral palsy; auditory processing issues; sensory integration and interoception affect.

Course content will be 1/3 theory and 2/3 practical – largely movement and exercises with several standard osteopathic techniques. A PDF handout will be provided 4 weeks prior to the start of the course for self-guided study. Assessment will be formative, rolling throughout the seminar using strategy questioning, one-minute paper test, demonstration review and 3 fact quiz. Each student will be monitored and assessed on learning as the seminar progresses.

Course outcomes

Upon completion of this course, it is expected that delegates will be able to demonstrate an ability to articulate what milestones are and their subcategories; and use this knowledge to demonstrate a 4 or 8 point motor maturity screen based on The Motor-Proficiency-Test for children between 4 and 6 years old (MOT 4-6 assessment tool). Participants will learn how to assess each of the relevant interuterine, primitive, transitional and postural reflexes and formulate a simple treatment plan for the child, based on a template provided, over a 6-week treatment period using taught exercises.

Osteopathic Practice Standards

  • Communication and Patient Partnership – A1-7
  • Knowledge Skills and Performance – B1-4
  • Safety & Quality of Practice – C1-2; C6
  • Professionalism – D5-7, D9-10

Course Timetable

Day 1

08:30-09:00 – Registration and refreshments


  • Milestones, gross motor, fine motor, cognitive, emotional and speech language
  • Global developmental disability definition
  • Failure to thrive definition
  • Historical features of delay; pregnancy, birth, infancy and early school age
  • Brain stem, midbrain and cortex hierarchy
  • Interoception

10:30-10:40 – Break


  • Draw a picture assessment
  • 4-point and 8-point motor assessment
  • MOT 4-6 assessment
  • Research around primitive reflexes
  • Baseline 3 exercises, jelly on a plate, window wipers and frogs legs


  • What are interuterine reflexes?
  • What are primitive reflexes?
  • What are transitional and postural reflexes?

12:00-13:00 – Lunch (included)


  • Recap
  • Transition from withdrawal to Moro
  • Transition from Moro to startle
  • Strategies for parents to reduce distress and extensor patterning


  • Osteopathic management of first breath


  • What is retained Moro?
  • 3 Tests Standing, prone and duck walk
  • Remedy/inhibition, Moro exercises

Day 2

08:30-09:00 – Registration and refreshments

09:00- 10:30

  • Recap
  • What is a retained ATNR?
  • Test for ATNR
  • Remedy/inhibition, ATNR exercises
  • Osteopathic management of ATNR, indirect release cord around neck, umbilicus

10:30-10:40 – Break

10:40- 11:30

  • What is a retained palmar grasp?
  • Remedy/inhibition, grasp exercises
  • Osteopathic management of Grasp, indirect interosseous forearm and wrist release
  • What is retained extension/flexion STNR?
  • Remedy/inhibition, STNR exercises
  • Osteopathic management of W sitting child, tibial torsion


  • Head righting reflex, ventral suspension, parachute
  • Osteopathic management of rolling, sitting, crawling and low/high tone transition issues around walking

12:00-13:00 – Lunch (included)


  • What is retained Galant reflex?
  • Remedy/inhibition, Galant exercises


  • Osteopathic management of nocturnal enuresis, pelvis and hip
  • What is a retained extension/flexion TLR reflex?
  • Remedy/inhibition, Galant exercises
  • Osteopathic management of balance

Jamie Taylor

Jamie Taylor is an osteopath and has been teaching paediatric osteopathic theory and practice for 20 years. He has taught extensively in Europe, England, Australia and New Zealand. Currently practicing and teaching osteopathy in New Zealand, Jamie regularly teaches at conferences and postgraduate seminars. Over the last 6 years he has been teaching developmental delay and primitive reflex integration, using a combination of osteopathic manual therapy concepts and standardised gross and fine motor exercises to improve primitive, cerebellar, vestibular and interoceptive integration.

Lynsey Taylor

Lynsey Taylor OT BSc Hons, is a practicing Occupational Therapist, working in private practice, specialising in special need support and resourcing special education departments for schools in New Zealand. She has been teaching special needs programs including the Smart Moves in school program and primitive reflexes in New Zealand and Australia since 2015.

Cancellation policy

The £50 deposit is non-refundable. The remainder will be refunded for cancellations received at least 10 working days in advance of the event. No refund will be given for cancellations received less than 10 working days in advance.

The ESO reserves the right to cancel or postpone this event if adequate delegate numbers are not secured. In the event that the course is cancelled by the ESO (due to inadequate numbers), delegates will be refunded any payments they have made in full. The ESO will notify delegates of course cancellations no less than 14 days prior to the course start date.

Please note, the ESO does not accept responsibility for travel and accommodation costs in the event of cancellation, so please take this into consideration before booking.




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