Wilbarger Brushing Protocol

Wilbarger Therapressure programâ„¢

The Wilbarger Therapressure programâ„¢ (Wilbarger & Wilbarger, 1991) is used in the treatment of individuals who are sensitive to sensory stimulation, also known as sensory defensiveness. Children who experience sensory defensiveness present in a constant state of fight or flight mode causing an exaggerated response to seemingly normal stimuli.

Children in this state may have difficulty coping with their hair being cut or brushed, their teeth brushed or being in bright or noisy environments. The Wilbarger Therapressure programâ„¢ involves regular application of deep pressure input via a therapeutic brush and joint compression. Regular deep pressure input is provided as way of releasing hormones that help calm the nervous system.

Contact Bridges for Learning if you like to find out more about this program.


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