Bathing

This sequence can be used to encourage independence in bathing. They contains visuals that can can be arranged in varying order to encourage the individual to wash all body parts - or specific ones can be used to help prompt memory if only particular body parts are missed when washing.

This is actually the first sequence I drew. This is when I realised how incredible visuals were to aid learning.

My son Tom who was nearly three was having trouble with bath time - to be honest it was a nightmare and a time of the day I dreaded. I drew pictures of the smaller steps necessary in having a bath. I started with the pictures of "get undressed" and "get into bath". I showed him the pictures first and talked to him about what the boy was doing and that Tom could do it too. I was surprised that Tom started pulling down his own shorts and when I pointed to the second picture and said "into bath" Tom tried to climb in. I gradually started using the "get washer" and "wash face", "wash arms" and "wash body". I did it with Tom and then Tom started doing it by himself. I then put four pictures on a board and as I pointed to them Tom would do it and even started going ahead and doing the next picture before I pointed to it. I was so surprised at how it worked. What had been a stressful activity for both of us became much calmer and enjoyable and so I continued to draw and visual aids for learning came about.

Jennine

 

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