Tuesday, April 21, 2009

"brushing" techniques described from another parent...

Here is a quick description of "brushing" that I found through a google search. it is described by a parent of a sensory processing disorder child. Very interesting.

p.s. we have done the brushing 3 times today and jackson LOVES it! He got so excited when I pulled out the brush and said "oh mom ms. jill gave you a brush! that's so beautiful! let's go" He was ready to be brushed and we will see if there are any changes in him!!!

Sensory Integration/Occupational Therapy Recommendations


Purpose: to provide deep tactile input to help organize sensory system, increase focus and level of alertness. It is best to provide technique daily every two hours and prior to activities that may facilitate fear, anxiety, or resistance.

Item needed: surgical brush (may substitute by using bath brush (at Dollar Tree) that looks just like the surgical brush or use opened flat palm side of your hand)


1. Using surgical brush, apply firm continuous deep pressure as you brush from the finger tips toward shoulder. Repeat this ten times, ( as tolerated). Always start at the fingers and end at the shoulder. (Avoid brushing face and stomach).

2. After brushing, apply deep joint compression to shoulder, elbow, & wrist. Make sure child remains still, joints are in alignment. Hold joint and apply pressure for the count of ten.

3. Lastly, apply joint compression to both shoulders at the same time, on top of the head, and lastly, firm pressure above lip using finger tip.

4. This technique can also be applied to legs and feet. Apply pressure to hips, knees, ankles & feet.Suggestions:gradually increase tolerance to technique, ie.. apply 3 strokes with brush followed by joint compression. Do not try to force child to except technique. Try to slowly start out then gradually increase the frequency.try to be sneaky in your approach, for example... as child is engaged with play activity apply input to legsallow child to apply his own brushing at times if desired. This is not an effective substitute approach.introduce brush during play time, ie., shaving creamother activities: inside barrel with pillows wedged around child, hot dog game where roll child in blanket tightly and rock rhythmically, quit box with music or textures to regroup self, bean bag chair to rock rhythmically with deep pressure applied, loofah brush in shower.

Now when we do this we see a calming effect in Noah, it's quite amazing actually.Other things he was doing in his therapies were swinging in a blanket (takes two people and a strong blanket) and as we swing we bounce him against the side of the couch. he also likes jumping on his mini trampoline and crashing into a pile of pillows, and we have a swivel rocker and he loves spinning around and around - to the point where it would probably make you or I throw up! Not him!We've also done obstacle courses, crawling through a soft tunnel, balance beam walking, walking on his hands with someone holding his feet up, and lots of swinging in different types of swings (the PT's office has wonderful variety).So we hope we are back in the swing (no pun intended) of therapy again next week and life gets smoother once again in our little household.

copied from site below...

1 comment:

Karena said...

I am intersted to find out if the "brushing" technique had any affects on him. BTW- Love the picture of Jackson aka J Rod!!!

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