Stopped responding...

by Tina
(Birmingham, Al)

My daughter, 7, was responding well to the brushing the first week. Now, she refuses. I don't know if I should push her to continue.

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Dec 28, 2008
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stopped responding
by: Anonymous

My daughter also refused the brushing. I think some kids see it as being different from their friends and refuse in an attempt to be more normal. I, with backing from my daughter's OT, pushed my daughter to continue because we could see that it helped her. Eventually she took over the brushing herself. She was not able to do her own back, but it helped and at night I would give her a firm massage on her back.

You may need to take a look at whether she still needs the brushing. Maybe you could substitute deep pressure (steam rolling with a therapy ball, firm massage, etc) or heavy work activities. It may be that she needs another form of input and that is why she stopped responding. Good luck!

Dec 27, 2008
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by: Anonymous

Check with her Occupational Therapist to make sure that you are doing it correctly. Some children become overly sensitive to the brushing. The method you are using may need to be adapted. Brushing is to be done three to four times a day and in a specific order and pattern. Best of luck....

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