The Wilbarger Therapressure Program™ involves the use of deep pressure touch and joint proprioception to treat sensory defensiveness. Deep pressure touch input is applied to specific areas of the body (including the hands, arms, back, legs and feet) using a Therapressure brush. It is then followed immediately by joint proprioception / compression input to joints in the trunk, shoulders, elbows, hands, hips, knees and ankles.
The Therapressure Program™ must be applied frequently and consistently (about every 90 to 120 minutes during waking hours) for a number of weeks. The program “requires training and ongoing supervision by a therapist who has advanced training in treating sensory defensiveness” (Wilbarger & Wilbarger, 2010).
A sensory diet is an individualised and carefully constructed activity plan which is “practical, carefully scheduled and based on the concept that controlled sensory input can affect functional abilities” (Wilbarger & Wilbarger, 2010). The goal of a sensory diet is to enhance performance in everyday activities and remediate developmental and sensory processing difficulties.
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