Wilbarger Therapressure (Brushing) Protocol

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What is Wilbarger Protocol?

The Wilbarger Protocol involves using a soft plastic surgical brush (under the guidance of a trained therapist) to provide deep pressure and brushing to the skin, followed by joint compressions. This method provides deep stimulation to the nerve endings in the skin and is used to treat children who have sensory processing disorders. It is a method that can be used as part of a ‘sensory diet’ that is devised for an individual to assist their sensory regulation issues.

Who may benefit?

  • Children who have Sensory Processing Disorders – over or under stimulation of the different senses (e.g. touch, noise)
  • ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Other Developmental Disabilities with presenting sensory issues

Some of the benefits include:

  • The ability to transition between daily activities and sensory – regulation
  • Improved alertness and ability to pay attention
  • Decrease in discomfort and anxiety particularly to touch or tactile input.


The Occupational Therapists at Therapies for Kids can assess and guide families on the use of this technique. They can re-evaluate the needs based on the individual.

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