.You know when a sudden noise causes an infant to jump out of their skin? That is moro reflex. This, as I understand it is a reflex that is normally lost as children grow, but this is a reflex that is not lost in child and adults with cerebral palsy.
What Startle Reflex Means for Someone with Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is as unique as each individual that has it. For me, when I was a kid I used to stand holding onto different pieces of furniture for balance. If someone was in a different room and sneezed, it was likely I would jump causing my knees to buckle and often I would catch myself mid fall.
If a dog barks again because it is an unexpected noise, this often causes me to jump or exhibit moro reflex. Sometimes, I even jump when my name is called. Basically what I’m trying to express is that pretty much anything can set off startle reflex, but for me it usually is something loud and unexpected or it can be sudden movement out of the corner of my eye, as well. Does anyone else who has startle reflex have a different experience with it I would be interested in hearing about it in the comments.
Moro reflex and startle reflex is one of the most requested topics on my blog. At first, I struggled to understand why. I think this was because despite not understanding the many layers of this part of cerebral palsy I somewhat took it for granted that people: especially parents, would have more of an understanding of moro reflex then I. I am honestly not sure where I developed this assumption.
I think it may stem from the perception that parents have more access to the professionals on their childs health care team. I mean as a kid it wasn’t my tharapists I’d ask any questions of, it was my parents.
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