The Wilbarger Protocol: Deep Pressure and Proprioceptive Technique (DPPT), also referred to as brushing therapy, is often a part of a sensory integration or sensory therapy program. This technique was developed by Pat Wilbarger, M.Ed., OTR. The protocol requires use of a specific therapeutic, surgical brush that provides deep pressure tactile input and stimulation to the child’s legs, arms, hands, feet and back. It is recommended to help decrease sensory defensiveness.
The Zones of Regulation: An approach used to support the development of self-regulation in children. All the different ways children feel and the states of alertness they experience are categorized into four coloured zones. Children who are well regulated are able to be in the appropriate zone at the appropriate time.
Astronaut Training: It is a program designed to directly impact the vestibular system, visual. system and auditory system. It takes into account, the three component of movement incorporating. the activation of all three semicircular channels of the vestibular systems.
Astronaut Training helps children improve their ability to self-regulate especially when there is vestibular dysfunction. It can also enhance spatial awareness and general movement abilities.
Therapeutic Listening – It is a specific sound-based intervention that uses organized sound patterns, inherent to music, to impact all levels of the nervous system to increase attention, balance, body awareness and control, communication, social engagement and organization of sensory input.
SOS approach to feeding: The Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) feeding approach integrates motor, oral, behavioral/learning, medical, sensory and nutritional factors and approaches in order to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth concerns. It focuses on systematic desensitization which breaks down each part of the eating process into steps: Tolerates, Interacts With, Smells, Touches, Tastes and then finally Eats. Each one of those steps is then broken down again so that every tiny progression is mastered before moving forward.