TACTILE DEFENSIVENESS

by Deborah Woodruff
(youngstown, Ohio)

Are there natural remedies for a little girl that cannot wear underwear or get her hair brushed or even be touched! she has been in therapy for years and we cannot find a medication that can help her! Please there has to be something that can calm her we are desperate. Bubby

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May 23, 2010
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Brushing
by: Anonymous

Have you tried brushing her with a surgical type brush? I think it's called the Wilbarger (sp?)technique. It may help.

May 23, 2010
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underware solution
by: Anonymous

I bought silk underwear at sears. Sometimes it helps.

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How about trying this
by: DebbieKinIL

Have you tried leotards as underwear?

I'm thinking that the all over pressure of the leotard can help.

My DD is very sensitive at her waist. She has to wear leotards as underwear, because she can not stand any thing around her waist. We could not find underpants that was high enough to go over her waist. And finally, in desperation, I went to a seamstress to see if she could add material to a pair of full underpants. The seamstress suggested using a leotard and cutting off the top and adding elastic. Well, my DD liked wearing the leotards so much, we didn't have to make them into underpants.

Ask your DD why she can not wear underwear. Where is the problem area? Can she tell you what she is feeling and why- too loose, too tight, rubbing at the waist? Maybe this will lead you to an idea on what to get for her for underwear.

If you DD is sensitive at the waist or other areas- try this a small hand held massager. Like the kind you see in department stores around the Christmas holidays. If your DD enjoys the sensation, then try it on the area to de-sensitize her. This idea came from my DD's OT. And sometimes it worked.


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