What a difference it made!

by Tonya L. Davis
(Omaha, NE United States)

My son was diagnosed with PDD with possible Autism at the age of 3. We were in Paris, France at the time and within 30 days we returned to the US and was now stationed in Arkansas. After being back for about 5 months my son was accepted into a Preschool with a full time Occupational Therapist and a full time Speech Therapist.


After the OT had assessed him she asked if we were looking for alternative treatment and I said yes because I didn't want him to be on drugs since there was no none drug for Autism. The OT then suggested the Wilbarger Brushing method because he was assessed at being severe with his sensory defensiveness.

Before we started therapy it was important that we were going to follow the protocol to the exactness because the therapist said because of his severity we needed to do it every hour on the hour. Now when I say he was severe he was extremely severe. He couldn't stand loud noises, he couldn't wear tags in his clothes, he couldn't stand to walk on grass, he couldn't take changes in his schedule, he couldn't stand for someone to touch him, he didn't like to have his hair washed, he couldn't stand hair cuts, he didn't like to have his teeth brushed, he couldn't eat most foods because of the different textures, he was afraid of using the potty for a bowel movement and the list went on and on.

However, after starting the therapy and following it exactly the progress my son was making was very evident. One memory of the proof the therapy was working was when one day my son was on the patio playing with his ball, like he always did (barefeet), the ball got away from him and rolled onto the grass about in the middle of the back yard.

Well before therapy he would just point and cry because he was also speech delayed. Well, anyway, long story short, before I could get up from my chair, I looked up because he wasn't crying and there he was standing in the middle of the back yard holding his ball, barefeet and all. My husband and myself cried because he acted as if nothing special had happened and that day he discovered that he loved how grass felt on his bare feet.

I have so much proof how this therapy works if it is done right because my son is now 15 years old, eats whatever he wants and will try any food before saying "no", his social skills are off the charts, friends and all and has a real sense of humor, and he plays the drums and most all of the percussion instruments in his High School Marching Band!

Thank you so much for changing my son life in such a profound way with such a simple little instrument, the surgical brush and joint compressions.

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Apr 04, 2011
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THANK YOU!!!!
by: Anonymous

My son was diagnosed with learning disabilities in Kindergarten (2006). The school suggested working with an OT, due to odd pencil grasp, and seeming to tire easily when writing. This past Sept (2010), it was changed to P.D.D.-NOS. After a "bad" day at school, where i was called in to deal with a violent meltdown, yet again. I sat on the floor of the boy's bathroom, with my 10 yo's back to my front, legs wrapped around his, firmly rubbing the insides of his arms with my fingers. He calmed down with in seconds, as always. His OT came in to see if he wanted to join her in the sensory room, and saw what I was doing, and his reaction to it. After he calmed down, and the principal felt he was safe again, he went out to run in the ball field. The OT asked if he was ever FORMALLY checked to see if he has sensory issues. Long story short, he's being evaluated late this week, early next, and she offered us a weighted blanket to use at night. She also did a quick rundown of this brushing protocol, and said I did well, considering I'd never heard of it. Some of the info she handed me pointed me here, and form the 1st sentence, it has described my son perfectly. A huge THANK YOU!!! to the person who has "spied" on my son, I finally feel like I'm not alone dealing with sensory issues, and advocating for my child.

Sep 10, 2010
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To Alisa
by: Anonymous

Hi Alisa

Have you taken her to a Neurologist for an eeg, some of her behavior could indicate petit mal seizures in the frontal lobe of the brain.

Just an idea...

Aug 19, 2009
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How do you get help.????
by: Alisa

-----Now when I say he was severe he was extremely severe. He couldn't stand loud noises, he couldn't wear tags in his clothes, he couldn't stand to walk on grass, he couldn't take changes in his schedule, he couldn't stand for someone to touch him, he didn't like to have his hair washed, he couldn't stand hair cuts, he didn't like to have his teeth brushed, he couldn't eat most foods because of the different textures, he was afraid of using the potty for a bowel movement and the list went on and on-----

Sounds like my now 9year old child.....excepts I'm still fighting to get a diagnoses....The only thing therapist have said to me is that I caused the problems and I needed to be more strict with her. I know I did not cause her behaviours problems......Its her extreme violent reactions that seem to make them say it my fault. She use to bite, kick, scream "I kill you" or "your killing me" and more from the age of 1y...she began with aching away from me at 3mth when I tried cuddle her while I fed her a bottle. They say this is because I must have been depressed and not have emotionally connected with her.... My 9y has been protective of me since she was 1y as well even though she would not let me hug her she also would stand between me and anyone she thought was hurting my feeling. She came across as bi-polar for many years.

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