Which brings me to the issue of showering in our house. First off, everything we do has a routine. It's comforting. It's safe. It calms after a hard day. But you already knew that, right?
So we go upstairs at 7:30, they get jammies, brush teeth and we're off to the shower. Sometimes they 'forget' jammies and streak around the house wild and free. I wish I still had that unbridled will to run naked witout the fear of scaring myself. Sorry for that bad visual.
Anyway, back to the business of showering. I still shower Alex. He's seven. He has a very real anxiety about getting his face wet. I don't know if other NT kids need help in the tub/shower but I suspect not. Lizzy, who is five, seems to do just fine on her own. Matter of fact, she'd bleed us dry of all the water in the house if she could.
The whole concept of getting wet (and clean) is a foreign one to Alex. After years of trial and error, this is what we've come up with--every shower we get a dry washcloth and put it on his forehead. We swap it out as it gets wet. Just make sure you have extra dry washcloths nearby. Trust me on this one.
We've also had to teach all the basics of showering--how to put soap on the washcolth, how to scrub and how to rinse.
We used to do baths but the risk of getting water in the face was much higher so Alex decided he prefered showering.
Anyway, curiosity gets the best of me and I wonder, am I alone with the showering thing? Is this a sensory thing or is this just specific to Alex?
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