Primarily used for those who demonstrate sensory defensiveness, this protocol aims to reduce excessive reactions to sensory input that is linked to negative behaviours or emotions.
Also known as brushing therapy, it involves brushing the body with a small brush throughout the day. This action serves to try to break through or interrupt the negative or reactive behaviours associated with sensory input.
Sensory defensiveness can derive from one or more sources including touch, hearing, smell, vision and balance. It may be associated with:
Tactile defensiveness – aversive reaction to clothing, hair brushing and avoiding activities that involve body contact
Olfactory defensiveness – distress caused by smells, such as people, clothing and toys
Visual defensiveness – light hypersensitivity; avoiding eye contact
Auditory defensiveness – alarmed or panicked by noises, such as crying, sirens or the vacuum cleaner
Vestibular defensiveness – also known as gravitational insecurity, is an irrational fear of changing position. This is most often a reaction to any movement where the feet are lifted off the groun