The Therapressure brush, is the sensory brush designed by Patricia Wilbarger. This oval shaped brush is easier to use than regular sensory brushes in that it comes with an attached handle and has a more ergonomic design that makes it fit comfortable in your hand. According to Patricia Wilbarger, "the high density of the bristles, make it an ideal brush for the body."
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SENSORY BRUSHING?
Brushing can help individuals who engage in unsafe or undesired behaviors or are sensory seeking. Brushing can help kids who are slow-to-start, or overly cautious, and those that are picky eaters. Pediatric clients may benefit from brushing if they struggle with poor motor coordination or balance issues.
Some of the benefits of using sensory brushing are that it improves:
• The ability to handle new situations
It can increase a child’s ability to optimize their arousal and activity levels as well as decrease sensory defensiveness.
The Wilbarger brushing protocol, uses specific brushes and techniques involves the sensory brush, paired with joint compressions, completed in a sequence and according to a schedule.
Brushing can be utilized as a tool at school and at home and should be carried out as part of a healthy sensory diet, several times per day.
***For specific instructions on brushing therapy its best to speak with an occupational therapist or therapist trained in the Wilbarger Protocol.