developed by particia wilbarger, who is an occupational therapist and a clinical psychologist, it is described as "a prescriptive method of providing stimulation to help the mind-brain-body self-organize." more can be read about this therapy here. some of the
benefits may include:
- an improved ability to transition between various daily activities
- an improvement in the ability to pay attention
- a decreased fear and discomfort of being touched (tactile defensiveness)
- an increase in the ability of the central nervous system to use information from the peripheral nervous system more effectively, resulting in enhanced movement coordination, functional communication, sensory modulation, and hence, self-regulation.
sometimes he likes the whole process better than others! we also give joint compressions at times when he seems particularly anxious or upset, or when he wants to "hit" at us. we give compressions (gently) to his spine and head, which sometimes gives him the input that he is seeking, and alleviates those behaviors! sometimes it works, sometimes not!
we have seen much improvement in his ability to pay attention, particularly in therapy! his therapists have noticed this change in a big way!! and we have seen him be much more gentle with his touch as well, which is HUGE!!! next post i'll talk about "therapeutic listening...."
Wilbarger, P.& Wilbarger, J. (1991). Sensory Defensiveness in Childrens Aged 1-12: An Intervention Guide for Parents and Other Caretakers, Avanti Educational Programs: Santa Barbara, CA.
Wilbarger, P. (1984, September). Planning an adequate sensory diet-application of sensory processing theory during the first year of life. Zero to Three, 7-12.
Wilbarger, J. & Wilbarger, P. (2002). Wilbarger approach to treating sensory defensiveness and clinical application of the sensory diet. Sections in alternative and complementary programs for intervention, In Bundy, A.C., Murray, E.A., & Lane, S. (Eds.). Sensory Integration: Theory and Practice, 2nd Ed. F.A. Davis, Philadelphia, PA.