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Is Refusal To Shower Code For A Deeper Concern?
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My 7 year old daughter fought with me not to take a shower. She stunk so I had to get her to shower right then. She got out of the shower and went to her dad and told him that she’s overwhelmed because there’s a lot going on and coming up. So we’re taking a family rest day today. How can I know that she is overwhelmed and that’s why she doesn’t want to take a shower? So I just fight through it until she can tell me?

posted November 5, 2023
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A MyAutismTeam Member

I also admire her insight. The fact she recognizes that she's overwhelmed is HUGE, especially at as young as she is! 😊

posted November 6, 2023
A MyAutismTeam Member

Would she enjoy bath bombs or color-changing lights that can go in the water? I LOVE bath bombs! So relaxing :)

posted November 6, 2023
A MyAutismTeam Member

Our kiddo fights during every bath to get his hair washed. But I do agree with trying a bath and not a shower. Also try meditation music with the bath. It makes the environment a more calmer place. Help her to enjoy the bath and not rush the bath.

You mentioned she ran to her dad and said she is overwhelmed with everything going on and what lies ahead. She needs a coping mechanism during stressful times. Helping her transition into the new situations can help. Let me see if I can find some websites that give help or other ideas to better help you and your kiddo. Hang in there! 🫶🏼🫶🏼🫶🏼🫶🏼🫶🏼🫶🏼🫶🏼🫶🏼

posted November 6, 2023
A MyAutismTeam Member

My child prefers baths. Quieter.

posted November 5, 2023

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