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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

First OT Session

Hannah finally had her long awaited first OT session and it was glorious. I am so excited and hopeful for what is to come. The OT introduced us to a technique that she felt would be beneficial to Hannah called The Wilbarger Brushing Protocol and joint compressions. When she first did it to Hannah she visibly relaxed and just seemed more comfortable than she had been all morning (it was another rough morning!). She kept requesting that we do it more and more and gladly sat while I did it to her before nap time. Once again she seemed much more calm after the brushing. The technique uses this funny looking plastic brush with flexible bristles. What I am supposed to do is firmly brush up and down her arms, hands, legs, and back with the brush every two hours and follow each brushing session with joint compressions to her wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles. I think Hannah likes the joint compressions the best. I am really hoping that this will help Hannah and that today wasn't just about the novelty of it for her. I'll keep you all posted on how she's doing. We are also going into the OT facility on Monday to try out several of their swings. Another possible thing we might try is something called therapeutic listening. I don't know much about it at this point, but the OT thinks it also might be helpful for Hannah. I'm game to try anything that might help. I'm going to do some research on the therapeutic listening though since I've never really heard anything about it.

Here's my autism blogger for the day Good Fountain. She writes about her daughters Charlotte (formerly known as Chee) and Sarah (formerly known as Ess). Charlotte is currently in the process of receiving an autism spectrum diagnosis. She brings up many wonderful thoughts and emotions related to dealing with parenting a child on the spectrum as well as one who is neurotypical. She always makes me smile. Go check her out.


Diane said...

OT has made such an amazing difference for our family and i hope you continue to have great success!

Anonymous said...

Hey thanks for the link. :)

We have done both the skin brushing and the therapeutic listening. Skin brushing lasted a few weeks and then Charlotte would not tolerate it anymore.

The therapeutic listening therapy was ... fine. I actually feel that after TL - she became more auditory defensive (whereas, actually, I never thought she was before). It took us a while to work through that. She had no problem "doing" the therapy though. I think she liked it actually.

If you decide for sure to do it, and you have to buy the headphones, let me know. Maybe I could sell you ours .. I bought them new and Charlotte is only one to have used them. Could save you some money. Email me if you're interested. :)

m said...

i really wish i could go back, be a kid again, and receive the brushing therapy. i don't know if it would have helped, but i'm very curious about it. some of the motor skill issues...and feeling physically disconnected (the difficulties with proprioception)...i really wonder if some of the brushing, pressure things would have helped. i think it can really create a sense of being more grounded, more present. i don't know for sure, but i'm glad she's receiving that, it will be interested to see how she responds.

Anna said...

I hope the brushing helps. This has been recommended for Joely by three professionals. It has been a struggle for me to get in a regular routine. Lately, Joely seems super ticklish by it - which is not the point. She loves the joint compressions. Good luck!