Sagittal Tonic Neck Reflex – STNR

The STNR is not technically a Neonatal Reflex as it begins after birth, so it is categorized as a Postural Reflex.  The STNR is present in normal development from 8 to 11 months of post-natal life and is a stepping-stone to crawling on the hands and knees.  The Spinal Galant Reflex is also in this category.  However, these distinctions become quite blurry.

Aberrant postural reflexes may cause some of the problems that arise from Retained Neonatal Reflexes (listed on page one) plus some not listed in that section.  For instance the malfunctioning STNR symptoms may include poor hand-eye co-ordination, an ape-like walking pattern (rolled shoulders and forward lean), tendency to slump at a desk and/or poor posture due to a decrease in muscle tone (therefore affecting their function) especially of the spinal muscles.

Focal accommodation (focusing on near then far objects) can be affected such as when looking from the classroom blackboard to the work book.  Copying from the blackboard may therefore be slow and tedious, therefore missing a lot of information gathered in class.  These people also have a tendency to be long sighted.

Sometimes the poor frontal lobe integration can display as poor organisational and planning skills.