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So my dd albsolutely loves to take a shower. She hates a bath. The down side, she doesn't know how to take one herself and with her fine motor delays and such, how do I teach her to take a shower by herself? A little TMI, but I can't remember the last time I showered alone (at least without my dd, hehehe) and she is almost 6.
Any ideas would be appreciated.
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well you could always go the route I did and get one of those shower spray things. Now I take mine alone and he takes his alone, but of course I have to be there to do the washing and stuff. AND I always get a little wet, but at least I shower alone, LOL
We started Hunter off with a removeable shower head. He didn't like the water coming down on his head from so far up. I had to help him soap himself up and then when he started going alone he took forever, but now he's doing it faster and not forgetting to wash his hair.
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We posted a cartoon of the steps to take a shower on the outside of our glass shower door.
Step 1, step 2, etc....
It helped for a while. He forgot to look at his list. He still needed reminders.
We practiced with a bathing suit in the yard, then my husband got in shower with him.
A lot. Much repetition.
He forgets important things, like washing face, armpits, bootie, and the proper order to do it in.....
He also will still forget soap. I think the sensory input is too much in the shower -- echo, sound of water, feel of water, etc...
It 's pretty frustrating still.[/b]
Great Idea! At first I would wash him while he is in the shower. I made a silly song about wash your face, wash your hair, wash your ears, wash your shoulder, wash the other one, wash your neck, wash your arms, wash your fingers, wash your chest, wash your tummy, wash your thighs, wash your wee wee (sorry), wash your knees, your legs, toes, and under your feet. Wash your back, wash your buttocks (he thinks this is funny), but most of all wash your crack (sorry again). Now you can play.
I did this for months, now while getting the water ready (he will tell me whether the water is too cold, too warm, or too hot or just right) I will start naming the parts. When I notice that he is slacking I will do it myself and oh boy, how he hates that. Now, just a threat of doing it myself usually gets better results.