The Wilbarger Therapy Brush is a therapressure sensory brush designed by Patricia Wilbarger to treat those suffering from sensory or tactile defensiveness. These sensory brushes provide a therapeutic combination of deep pressure and tactile stimulation.
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The Wilbarger Therapy Brush is a therapressure sensory brush designed by Patricia Wilbarger to treat those with sensory processing disorder, autism, and tactile challenges. Featuring an easy to grip oval shape and high density bristles, the Therapressure brush is an highly effective calming tool.
Brushing therapy is often a part of a sensory integration or sensory therapy program. It involves brushing the body with a small surgical brush throughout the day. People who exhibit symptoms of tactile defensiveness are extremely sensitive to touch. They often fear or resist being touched, have difficulty transitioning between activities, and may be lethargic.
Therapy brushing involves using a soft, plastic sensory brush to run over the child's skin, using very firm pressure; it is like a deep pressure massage. Brushing starts at the arms and works down to the feet. The face, chest, and stomach area are never brushed because these are very sensitive areas. Brushing these areas may cause adverse reactions including vomiting.
The Wilbarger Therapy Brush has been specifically designed for children and adults with autism and tactile sensitivity and tactile defensiveness. These sensory brushes provide a therapeutic combination of deep pressure and tactile stimulation.
Some benefits of sensory brushing may include improved attention span, a decreased in the fear or discomfort of being touched, enhanced coordination, and better self-regulation.
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