Brushing

Has anyone experienced not-so desirable side-effects from brushing? My son seems to enjoy it one day and hate it the next. And often I find that he is more on edge afterwards complaining that this or that hurts him. Just wondering if we are alone--and wondering if perhaps the brushing is not necessary for him.

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Jan 11, 2012
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don't forget the compressions!
by: OT on the loose

Be sure to end with joint compressions. If you stop after brushing, it's worse than doing nothing at all. In fact, if you can only do 1 thing, just to the joint compressions.

Oct 27, 2009
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re:brushing
by: Anonymous

some kids who are in the "shutdown"/"overload" level at the start and were given the wilbarger protocol tend to get worse before getting better. the reason is they go down to the level of "disorganization" wherein their senses are starting to "wake up" from "shutdown". At the disorganized level, kids are more irritable and prone to outbursts. But it's recommended to continue with the wilbarger protocol as well as the assigned sensory diet to help the child eventually reach a level of "optimal range of learning, attention and performance". hope this piece of info helpes and good luck!

Oct 11, 2009
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Thanks for this
by: JW

We just started brushing with our daughter and I feel like it's a step backwards. She is edgy and hyper after. Perhaps we are doing it incorrectly and I will ask the OT, but just wondering if it's going to be like when we started the GFCF diet. There was initially a hellish period followed by the calm after the storm.

Oct 09, 2009
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brushing and stimulation
by: father of four

We have started using brushing with my son, who also has ADHD, and it has been successful. He was getting over-stimulated initially, but I think that was because of too much "squashing" which we introduced at the same time (and have largely stopped - he was getting a bit flat). He doesn't always cooperate and a lot of the time we do the brushing over his clothes (or pyjamas and dressing gown!) after making sure he is comfortable in these. Having him do something else like chewing gum, wearing ankle weights, etc. seems to help, but we don't push it when he is too agitated for it. Good luck. I hope it works for you too.

Oct 04, 2009
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Brushing ???
by: Marcie

My son has ADHD as well as SPD. We tried the brushing technique and it seemed to stimulate him not calm him down.

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