[Source: The Anonymous OT]
If you are familiar with occupational therapy in a pediatric or sensory setting, you have likely been introduced to “the brush.” But how much do you really know about this intervention tool?
1. You’re not supposed to call it “brushing.”
Officially, this intervention is called the Wilbarger Deep Pressure and Proprioceptive Technique, or DPPT. The term “brushing” is supposed to be avoided, because the goal of the intervention is to provide deep pressure, and the creators have noted that “brushing” doesn’t accurately represent that intention.
2. The technique was developed for sensory defensiveness.
The creator of the technique, Patricia Wilbarger, MEd, OTR, FAOTA, is a leading expert on sensory defensiveness. (This is basically when the nervous system over-reacts to stimuli