Episode 4: Patti Andrich, MA, OTR/L, COVT, INPP “Primitive Reflexes and Vision”


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Patti Andrich speaks from Ohio about her experience with both occupational and vision therapy. She explains the importance of reflexes and how it can interfere with a child’s social and academic growth.

Things you will learn in this episode:

  • Primitive reflexes are neurological movements that are embedded into our nervous system, similarly to a “code in a computer system”.
  • Children who have not integrated these reflexes do not have control over certain movements. Children can focus and understand what to do but their nervous system will override.
  • Nervous system is interconnected like “jenga blocks”; if one block is twisted or misplaced, it all falls over. If reflexes are not integrated it will cause a disturbance in development, training, and overcoming issues.
  • Parents and guardians should look for oversensitivity, stubborn meltdowns, or delay in potty-training to see if their child may have outstanding primitive reflexes
  • Patients with traumatic brain injury may revert back to their primitive reflexes.

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Patti received her Master degree from The Ohio State University College of Education and her occupational therapy degree from the Cleveland State University Department of Health Sciences. Additionally, Patti holds certification in auditory processing using The Listening Program with Bone Conduction from Advanced Brain Technologies and is certified and licensed through INPP in primitive reflex integration techniques; having studied in the UK under the direction of Sally Goddard at the Institute of Neurological Physiological Psychology (INPP). Patti is a certified vision therapist, member of The Optometric Extension Program as well as the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, the recipient of several honors and awards and has been a guest speaker for local, state, national and international conferences.

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