There is always the first time

A month ago, it was the first time I was exposed to ‘sensory tactical’ term. I could not help myself but search for it right away.  The therapist Cikgu Su gave us the sensory brush for The Wilbarger Brushing Protocol.  We need to constantly brush azfar-chan; every 2 hours daily. Since he is at school and nursery untul 5.30 pm so I start the brushing session after his playtime.  Alhamdulillah, after 2 days of doing it, he asks me for the brush 😀Image

I quote from a website on sensory activities

“We have found that sensory defensiveness can be much more quickly and efficiently treated by using an intensive approach. This intensive approach relies heavily on the caretaker’s participation in the treatment process. It appears also that by treating the touch system we can influence other sensory systems as well. Our treatment approach now includes applying rapid and firm pressure touch to the arms, hands, back, legs and feet with a non scratching brush with many bristles. The only brushes we have found to be effective so far are a specific plastic surgical scrub brush. This is followed by gentle joint compressions to the shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, ankles and sometimes fingers and feet. This should be demonstrated for you by a knowledgeable therapist. Never brush the stomach. The head, neck and chest should also be avoided.

The brushing and joint compression routines are best started on a weekend to get the most consistency. It is a good idea to merge the technique with family routine, i.e. when the child wakes up, goes to bed, bath times, and especially transition times. If the child goes to school and it is impossible for school staff to carry out the program, do the technique right before and after school. Older children can be taught to do it to themselves.”

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