The Grasp Reflex

The Grasp Reflex is active from birth until it is integrated into manual skills around the child’s first birthday and later into more precise motor skills, like pencil grip and handwriting.

Some symptoms of a nonintegrated Grasp Reflex

  • Challenges with motor control of the hands; weak hands

  • Poor fine motor (hand, finger) coordination; poor handwriting, drawing, knitting, playing musical instruments

  • Unusual pencil grip

  • Poor speech, articulation, and communication skills

  • Difficulty grasping or letting go of objects, which can also affect sports like golf and baseball

The Grasp reflex position. When you press the palm of an infant’s hand, the fingers will curl. This will also happen in adults who have an active Grasp reflex.

The Grasp reflex position. When you press the palm of an infant’s hand, the fingers will curl. This will also happen in adults who have an active Grasp reflex.