Checklists Unveil Hidden Neurological Issues

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  • Utilising Checklists for Self and Family Assessment: A questionnaire can be a valuable tool for identifying retained primitive reflexes and neurological imbalances, both for individuals and their family members.
  • The Importance of Multiple Perspectives: In cases of right brain deficits, involving family members in the assessment can provide a more accurate picture due to potential self-awareness issues.
  • Potential for Improvement Regardless of Functionality Level: Identifying and addressing retained reflexes can enhance neurological functioning and overall well-being, even in individuals who are already high-functioning.


The Role of Checklists in Identifying Neurological Imbalances

In the field of neurological development, checklists and questionnaires serve as critical tools for identifying retained primitive reflexes and hemispheric imbalances. These tools are particularly useful for practitioners, parents, and partners who wish to understand more about their loved ones’ or patients’ neurological state.

Understanding the Impact of Retained Reflexes

Despite outward appearances of normalcy, individuals with retained reflexes may have underlying neurological issues. Checklists can help uncover these subtle challenges that might otherwise go unnoticed.

The Perspective of Family Members in Assessments

For those with right brain deficits, a lack of self-awareness may lead to false negatives in self-assessments. Therefore, having a family member, such as a spouse, also complete the checklist can provide a more rounded view of the individual’s challenges. This dual perspective approach can be revealing, especially when there is a discrepancy between self and family member assessments.

Exploring the Potential for Improvement

The key question in such assessments is not just about identifying problems but also about recognising the potential for improvement. High-functioning individuals with retained reflexes may not exhibit gross symptoms, but addressing these reflexes can optimise their neurological functioning. This can be an exciting prospect, offering the possibility of reaching a higher level of personal and professional performance.

The Spectrum of Retained Reflex Manifestations

Retained reflexes can manifest in a range of symptoms, from subtle personal and social challenges to more visible issues. Understanding these reflexes’ impact is crucial for both children and adults, as addressing them can lead to significant improvements in overall functioning and quality of life.


The use of checklists and questionnaires in neurological assessment provides a valuable window into the complexities of brain function and development. By identifying retained reflexes, individuals have the opportunity to enhance their neurological health and achieve a higher level of functioning.

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