Anxiety and fear can show as meltdowns, withdrawal, controlling behaviour or obsessive repetitive behaviour. A child can be “paralysed by fear”, unable to answer questions in class, approach another child, allow anyone to be behind them, make a choice, cope with change and much more. Anxiety and fear limits not only the child, but the whole family.
Children can be released from this high level of stress. The reflex known as the Moro is the vital reflex that provides a baby with the first breath of life. It alerts the body .
When this infant reflex persists it produces cortisol, the “stress hormone”, keeping the child(or adult) in a heightened state of anxiety. Additional infant spinal reflexes can increase the effects.