The Moro Reflex is one of the first reflexes to develop in utero and first to integrate at about 4 months of age. This reflex can be triggered by various senses as well as head tilting backwards in space. Through a trigger, an infant warns caregivers of possible threats. Listed below are possible red flags to look for if reflex has not integrated:

  • Hypersensitivity to sound, light, movement, touch, and/or smell
  • Motion sickness
  • Difficulty with reading, writing, and/or vision
  • Poor balance
  • Poor coordination
  • Easily triggered and/or emotional outbursts
  • Difficulty adapting to change and filtering out stimuli in environment
  • Difficulty with visual perceptual skills


Occupational Therapy can assist in integration of reflexes to ensure meaningful engagement with all occupations.