How can I get my 15yrs old autistic son to touch and wash his own hair?

How can I get my 15yrs old autistic son to touch and wash his own hair?

I use a picture schedule for showering, ie; each picture shows which body parts to wash, and when its time to rinse his body. He does not have any problem using the detachable shower head to rinse off. However, he refuses to touch his hair to shampoo and to assist with rinsing out the shampoo.

My son does use a sponge mitt for washing his body, so that is not a big problem. How can I get my son to not only pour the shampoo into his own… read more

A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Is it possibly a tactile issue? The feel of the shampoo, his hair, bubbles. Or not being able to see where he's putting the shampoo, I used a shaving mirror for my oldest. Mine would always forget to wash up front of his head and the mirror fixed that. For tactile stuff you could try gloves. If he's scared of soap in eyes, maybe some goggles.

posted about 2 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

My son will only wash his hair if he is wearing gloves (magic Minnies) so he doesn’t have to feel the shampoo on his hands. I also found a mirror helps so he can see what areas he has covered and which he still needs to do. I found getting him to smell shampoos at the store and pick one he likes also helps.

posted over 1 year ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

My 16 year old will usually shower fine on his own but we figured out he doesn't like multiple steps and doesn't like touching shampoo so he would skip washing his hair sometimes until we started buying the shampoo/body combos. He liked being able to wash his entire body with the same thing and will put it on his sponge and scrub his head with it as he is washing his body. Maybe something similar will help your son :)

posted about 2 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Im still working on that one i have same problem so i fill up bathtub with lots of bubbles and soke clean i work on it every day but again i have a 18 year old son who doesn't have autism and had the same problem

posted about 2 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Have you tried putting the shampoo on his bath gloves.
For my 14yo it's actually his scalp that is the trigger. ( He lives in his hat just to put his head). I personally still have to wash his hair or he just won't.

posted over 1 year ago
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