My son, who will soon be 4 years old, has been sensory defensive and it has been mistaken for ADHD. I am an Occupational Therapist since 1997 and knew my son did not have ADHD, but that it was sensory defensive behavior.
I have recently been trained in the Wilbarger Brushing Protocol. I have initiated this therapy with my son over the past week and 1/2. After the very first treatment, his bath went smoother than it has since he was born. Bathing has been a serious issue and complicated event since he was born from the first bath to the most recent last, prior to this protocol.
Initially, I thought it was just a coincidence that the first good bathing experience in his life coincided with the first time he received this technique. But, now, I can say 10 days and 10 baths later, it must not be a coincidence. We have been struggle free for bath time since I started the protocol.
Whereas previously he did not tolerate being washed with a washcloth, it no longer bothers him. He previously could not stand for water to be poured on him, and now, it is no longer a problem. He used to scream and cry during his bath, now, it is laughter and playing with bath toys during bathtime that we hear.
Not only has this transpired, but other not so bothersome or obvious things have resolved. For instance, he was previously very particular about clothing, but today, he tolerated dressing without putting up a fuss or requesting "softer" clothes. He sits in a chair at the table with the rest of the family now when eating meals, and he sits down in public places.
For example, he had a doctor's appointment today. He sat patiently in the waiting area for 15 minutes and then in the doctor's office for another 30 minutes without difficulty. His school has also noticed changes, and have reported that he now sits with the rest of the class during circle time.
The training was thorough, and the Wilbarger's are excellent teachers. This is an excellent technique to consider if you or someone you love is struggling with sensory defensiveness. It has been a huge blessing to us and our son. I can't thank the Wilbarger's enough for helping release my son from his prison, and I thank God that He made the opportunity to attend this workshop available to me.