Wilbarger Brushing Protocol

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Wilbarger Brushing Protocol
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Wed, 05-12-2010 - 3:14pm

Hello,


My son was recently diagnosed with SPD and the OT we are working with recommended that we do the Wilbarger Brushing Protocol every 90 minutes- 2 hours for one week. She said it reorganizes the nervous system and has worked with children that weren't talking at all that were talking in sentences after doing it.


She said it has to be at least every 90 minutes and not more than 2 hours to have this affect. I know some parents do it a few times a day, but she says although this may help it doesn't impact the nervous system the same way she claims doing it this way will.


We finished our week yesterday and have noticed that he is sleeping substantially better (sometimes until 9 a.m. which is very rare). He does seem to be speaking in more complex sentences and doing better with receptive language, but I wasn't sure if maybe we would notice even more differences over the next few days as well.


I was wondering if anyone else had done this and what their experiences were??

Mother of child with SPD - 3 yrs old


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Wed, 05-12-2010 - 6:15pm

I did some research on this 2 years ago & it appears many ppl have benefited.

My son hated it. He'd cry & cry while I did it. Said it hurt. I asked him if it hurt when the OT did it, he said yes but didn't dare say anything to her (but not as much b/c it was done over his clothes). I tried to talk to her about it, so she watched how I did it, I was doing as she showed me, and told me to do it anyway - directly on the skin, with no clothes.

Well, sorry, but I felt this was near child abuse for my son. So I stopped doing it.

It does seem every 90 minutes is a lot though. I think his OT told me to do it 3 times a day. If you're seeing results, why not stick with it?

I hope it does continue to working too :)




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Thu, 05-13-2010 - 10:32am

I'm sorry your experiences weren't as good.

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Thu, 05-13-2010 - 10:13pm
Wow, we only strive for 3 times a day. With everything else going on, I am good to get that in. And really, I need to be better about doing it. But she does also have a compression vest and weighted blanket to use.

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Thu, 05-13-2010 - 10:52pm
It did take a lot of effort as I had to take a week off of work and plan all the day's events around being able to do it, but it was only for one week. Well worth the sleep I am getting now :)

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Fri, 05-14-2010 - 2:31pm
I bet. I have brushed K 2 times so far this morning. But then we went out and I did not get her before nap brushing in.

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Mon, 05-17-2010 - 8:39pm

Wow!! I am impressed with your amazing follow through. We did the brushing but only shot for 3 times a day. Gabe, who is a massive sensory seeker did not like the light touch of the brushing, so we didn't really ever follow through with it. He used a weighted back pack and lots of heavy work.

He is still a sensory seeker and we use a therapy ball for bouncing and then we "compress" (steam roller) by rolling the therapy ball over him while adding slight pressure. He loves that. He also likes to swing and I found a big kid swing with a base that I am thinking about ordering for him. He broke his brother's grab and go swing because he would swing in it all the time :-). Funny thing is...when he was a baby he hated the swing.

I think it's cool that you have gotten positive results. We saw a positive change when we added heavy work with squeeze time at night...right before bed. We also have a heavy quilt Gabe uses at bed. He cries if we try to use any other blanket...



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