Dyspraxia, a developmental coordination disorder affecting coordination in children and adults is estimated to affect one in ten children. So in your child’s classroom, there could be at least three children who experience difficulties with handwriting, coordination, tying shoelaces, getting dressed and self care.
Dyspraxia is close to our hearts at Scrubbington’s because it is something our co-founder Karen has plenty of experience with both her sons.
“It’s really difficult seeing your children struggle with normal daily activities that other children take for granted, such as being able to wash and dress yourself. You can see their distress and embarrassment and you’re often made to feel inadequate as a parent for not having equipped them with such basic life skills.”
It is important for all children to become independent in the bathroom and for children with Dyspraxia it can be doubly important for their self-esteem to master washing themselves.
“The desire to come up with solutions to empower my sons to manage their own personal care has really fuelled my passion and ideas - if children with Dyspraxia can use our products without help then they really are user friendly for children!”
Children with Dyspraxia can find it difficult to remember the order in which they must do things as well as finding taps and bottles tricky to use, however there are things that parents can do to help children with Dyspraxia to wash alone. These tips can also be effective for children with other additional needs, such as autism or sensory processing disorder.
Safety Proof the bathroom
An independent bath time for a child with additional needs requires some forward planning. Consider installing a grab rail in the shower for a child who has coordination and gross motor difficulties and always use a slip mat in baths and showers. Insist the bathroom door remains unlocked or slightly ajar, so that in the event of an accident, you can quickly assist.
Make a washing kit
Gather all the equipment and bath time products that your child needs and put in one accessible box or tub. Include a flannel or sponge and their favourite bath time products, so they can easily find everything they need to wash themselves.
Choose their bath time products carefully
Children with Dyspraxia can not only find using bath time products challenging, but also find it difficult to judge the amount of product to use. Choose bath time products that have easy to use pumps or dispensers and demonstrate how much product needs to be squirted in their hand. Professor Scrubbington’s bath time products have been designed with children in mind, with foam that stays on the palm longer and easy to use squirty bottles and pumps.
Use visual guides
A visual guide can be invaluable in showing children the correct order in which to wash themselves. Create your own step-by-step self care guides or download our handy visuals on hand washing, hair washing and scrubbing your body clean.