Wilbarger Protocol Question

Amanda - posted on 03/28/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Today was my daughter's first OT session and we were introduced to brushing. The OT went through how to brush and joint compressions with her and she screamed and cried the entire time. I was told to repeat this with her several times a day. We came home and I tried to brush her and she started screaming as soon as she saw the brush. She told me it hurt and was afraid of it. Is this a normal reaction? I don't want to traumatize her. She did just get over an illness and has been more sensitive than normal to touch. Maybe I should just wait and try again in a few days. I plan on calling her OT tomorrow, but it would be nice to have some feedback.

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Ashley - posted on 04/15/2011

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If she has defensiveness, it might be too much at once. My son freaked out over the brushing when our OT showed me how to do them, but he loved the joint compression right away. She suggested that we just do the joint compression for a few weeks, then we added the brushing with no problems, and we've been doing them for about a year.

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Stacie - posted on 04/08/2011

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We started brushing a month ago with out DD and she didn't like the joint compressions on her arms at first but I found that a distraction helped and searched for Elmo and Barney video clips on youtube and played those for her while I did it. The distraction was enough to get her to sit and be able to tolerate the compressions too. It was also something she didn't get to do often on the computer so I began to let her know that the only time she could watch it was when we were doing the brushing and compressions and that if she didn't let me do it then we couldn't watch those videos. She didn't have as big of a reaction as your DD did though, and I would ask your OT if it's better to push through it in hopes that it gets better or to stop doing it. I've heard from some moms on a different SPD board that they pushed through and were glad then did bc now their child loves it.

Amanda - posted on 04/04/2011

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Thanks Robin. Right now, since my daughter has strong tactile defenses, my OT recommended that we just do the compressions and use massage. My OT said the same thing about being inconvenienced. She didn't react well to Therapeutic Listening either. It appears that many things will be a struggle with Addison. :(

Robin - posted on 04/04/2011

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I think that your OT is the best one to consult. My children have not had that reaction to the brushing. My daughter struggled with it a bit due to dry skin, but a bit of lotion and she has been fine. It seems that it would depend on the sensory defenses as to what the reaction would be. My son is overly sensitive to pain so i was shocked it did not bother him. My OT said sometimes they are more bothered by the inconvenience of it all as opposed to the brushing itself.

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