Sensory Modulation Dysfunction And The Wilbarger Protocol: An Evidence Review
Occupational Therapy Practice
Occupational therapists have used brushing as an intervention technique for many years. More recently, the Wilbarger Protocol has been used by pediatric occupational therapists who use a sensory integrative framework within occupational therapy. Specifically, this protocol has been recommended for use with children who have sensory modulation dysfunction (SMD) with manifestations of overresponsiveness to sensory stimuli, also called sensory defensiveness. This article reviews relevant literature, provides an overview of some of the issues surrounding the application of this intervention technique, and provides strategies for applying this material to clinical practice. Implications for future research are discussed.
Foss, A., Swinth, Y., McGruder, J., & Tomlin, G. (July, 2003). Sensory modulation dysfunction and the Wilbarger protocol: An evidence review. Occupational Therapy Practice, CE-1 - CE-8.