Sensory Brushing..

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Sensory Brushing..
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Fri, 01-07-2005 - 7:09am
Yes, I already have a question about it hehe! It really seems to tickle PJ... and I can't get him to be still for it at all! Anyone else have these problems? If so, what works?
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Fri, 01-07-2005 - 10:17am

I'd call the OT on this one..


my first instinct would be to stop brushing if it has that effect on him, Michele may have more advice but I've heard that it's not very therapeutic if you're having to hold him down to do it!!


GL!

Colleen~ Mom of Morgan, 10 -- Madison, 6 & Maxwell, 3


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Fri, 01-07-2005 - 12:00pm

Do you use the little sensory/surgical brush for brushing? If that is too ticklish, then just use the flat of your hand as he gets desensitized. It works almost as well. Also, when using the brush, don't do light strokes. Make the pressure deep and consistant. That'll help too. And one thing we did to keep the kids still was when we brushed and did joint compressions, we would count each stroke or compression and have them count. It kind of helped until they got used to it. Then they liked the feeling so much they'd bring us the brush! Good Luck!

Rachel

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Fri, 01-07-2005 - 12:53pm

I have never done this so I have no suggestioons, but wanted to say good luck and I agree with Colleem ask the OT.


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Fri, 01-07-2005 - 2:23pm
I will ask the OT next week. Yes it is the surgical brush. I am pushing as hard as I can and he just won't be still for it at all! He laughs the whole time and jumps around. Where do they draw the line between SID and ADHD? I am beginning to REALLY wonder suddenly!
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Fri, 01-07-2005 - 3:19pm

Tj was tickled too when we first started. I gave him the brush to hold and he started brushing his hands and feet on his own. With time he has learned that the way he feels after brushing is well worth the tickling. Make it a fun time. I sing him a little tune while brushing or have him try to count with me and it seems to take his mind off the tickling. Hope this helps!

Kathy

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Fri, 01-07-2005 - 5:28pm
Oh I wish I checked in sooner today. It should not tickle! I was trained by the woman who developed the technique. For those who know I met Willbarger and she is an amazing woman. Anyway, first test the brush on yourself. The most common mistake is not applying enough pressure. When we learned we had to do it to Willbarger herself. You cannot imagine how much pressure she had us put on the brush. PLEASE make sure you are you doing this right. You can make PJ not want to do it and it can actually make things worse if done too light. For the most part, I would distract him with something he likes the first few times (tv, food, anything) and then if it is being done right, he should LOVE it and it wont be a problem anymore. HTH
Michele
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Mon, 01-10-2005 - 2:31pm

Can I ask you a few questions about the brushing?
can I ask how much pressure we are supposed to be using. I was told to put enough pressure to bend the bristle on the brush is this okay? When doing the compressions how many of each do you do? Can you notice a difference around the time you are to do it again? TJ will now brush on himself some. Is this going to hurt him because of not enough pressure. Sorry to ask so many questions its just that you sound so informed about this.

Thanks for the info

KAthy and TJ

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Mon, 01-10-2005 - 3:09pm

Kathy, you should put enough pressure to bend the bristles almost flat. You do have to be careful though, so the nonbristle part doesn't scratch him though. Ask your OT (it is hard without seeing) but it shouldn't hurt TJ if he brushes himself. Without getting into the neurology, it is almost like, you can't tickle yourself. He knows what he is doing to himself. I would see if I could get him to to it harder, and I would probably try (I know it might be hard!) not to have him do it too often.

10 compressions at each joint. make sure you are holding the joint above and below it. This is a very important part. Have you tried brushing yourself yet? You can feel the difference between an arm given compressions and one without. I'm not sure what you mean about the difference question, can elaborate?

How is TJ doing? Are you seeing changes? Are you brushing for defensiveness? I am thrilled to help, as I've said before I am here as a parent needing support first, but I can't help but to want to share my OT info. I also (sometimes!) missing practicing, I've been home with the kids 2.5 years.
Michele