Hygiene checklist for Aspergers Syndrome
Many children suffering from Asperger Syndrome do not like to bathe. This makes it tricky to keep up good hygiene and makes it essential to devise a routine and checklist with which you and the child can go over each day. Routine is something that is very important to the autistic child. Below are a few tips I’ve found that might be used to help keep up good hygiene in your child.
When it comes to taking a bath or shower you might need to have a whole set of rituals that the Asperger Syndrome child can adhere to. First though might be the bath water. In order to have the same amount of water in the tub every time you could install a decal on the side of the tub that shows exactly how high the water needs to go. You can also put a small decal on each of the water handles to show how far they need to be turned.(although parents should always control the water of young children)This way the child with Asperger syndrome can see the results.
Even though the Asperger syndrome child may not see any need to use soap or shampoo, if you put the shampoo in a bottle that has measurement marks on the side and highlight exactly how much should be used each time the hair is shampooed there is a much better chance that the hair will be shampooed. It becomes part of the routine of a child with Asperger syndrome. The same can be done with bar soap or perhaps even liquid wash soap. Don’t fight over the use of a wash cloth. And to make a routine to get the feet done you can always put 2 decals in the shape of feet in the bottom of the tub. This will then be their special place to routinely put their feet when washing them and for getting in and out of the tub.
When the Asperger syndrome child is finished with their bathing ritual, having the same set of towels or at least the same colored towels after each bath helps set the routine for drying themselves off. Put a hook on the back of the bathroom door so that a routine can be set for the Asperger syndrome child to know that this is where their “own” towel will always be before the bath and that this particular place is where the towel is to be put back when the drying off has been done.
This at least can hopefully get you through the aspect of bathing your child without too much tussle. By teaching this set of rules and making it a fun routine for them it can relieve stress.
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