Thursday, February 10, 2011

Other Types of Sensory Defensiveness

If your child has tactile defensiveness, it’s likely that there are some other issues going on as well. You might notice a resistance to eating certain textures of food, which is called oral defensiveness. If your child demonstrates oversensitivity to light and visual distractibility, it’s possible that there is some visual defensiveness going on. If certain sounds are particularly annoying or even painful to your child, this is called auditory defensiveness. One type of defensiveness that I didn’t mention in my earlier post is gravitational insecurity. This is an extreme sensitivity to heights, movement and/or a change in head position in space.
When a child is experiencing defensiveness in more than one sensory system, it’s likely that this is impacting his or her quality of life. That means it’s time to seek therapy from an experienced therapist. A common treatment for sensory defensiveness is the Wilbarger Brushing program. This involves deep touch pressure using a special brush along with joint compressions. The program is typically done in conjunction with a “sensory diet” of activities that include vestibular and proprioceptive input. For little ones with oral defensiveness, there are special techniques that a trained therapist will utilize to address this issue. With the brushing program, the therapist will provide hands-on training so that the parents and other adults who work with the child can administer the program. It is typically carried out approximately every 2 to 3 hours throughout the day. Your therapist will supply brushes and replace them when needed.
             For upcoming OT tips, don’t forget to sign up as a “follower” (on your right) for updates on new posts, and a chance to win the wonderful book The Out of Sync Child Has Fun!

Dear Readers, If you have found my blog to be helpful, please "like" my Facebook page and follow my blog...Thanks :) 


  1. The profession they've been working at. You will need much more coaching for the purpose of a specific thing Appraisal in no way have fun with. More idea

  2. Your wonderful career they are often making. It will need a good deal teaching to secure a minor a thing search this excellent website Let me certainly not enjoy.

  3. sensory photos and images are controlled and derived with the help of the individuals. All the issues are done for the flow of the for all individuals. The fitness of the man is done by the efforts of the doctor for the future options.

  4. other types of the sensory are launched and designed for the individuals. The use of the pattern and more information is depicted. The sensory is moved for the struggle of the parts for the humans.