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The Wilbarger Approach to Treatment of Sensory Defensiveness

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The Wilbarger approach to the treatment of sensory defensiveness was developed by Patricia Wilbarger and is most commonly used by occupational therapists in the treatment of children with sensory defensiveness. The Wilbarger approach combines education, sensory diet strategies and professionally guided treatment and often, although not always, includes the Therapressure protocol. The Therapressure protocol has been known under many names; the most common include ‘brushing’ and the ‘Wilbarger Protocol”. The Wilbarger approach is classified within the category of complementary and alternative therapies to sensory integration (Miller, 2006, p. 294; Wilbarger & Wilbarger, 2002, p. 335).

The Wilbarger Approach to Treatment of Sensory Defensiveness