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ADL Corner: 5 Ways to Teach an Older Child with Special Needs about Hygiene

[Source:  Friendship Circle]

As a speech language pathologist who works with young adults, I often use the topics of hygiene, community and daily living to help facilitate speech and language goals.

Many older children, teenagers, and young adults are challenged with how to maintain good hygiene and have a decreased awareness. These individuals often rely on the adults in their life to help remind and guide them to wash hands, shower every day, shampoo hair, etc.

Many staff members that I have worked with have requested that I discuss the topic of hygiene with my clients to help improve their independence and overall life skills. I have found and created many resources to help these individuals.

Here are five ways to increase awareness and help teach improved hygiene skills with older children, teenagers and young adults with special needs.

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