What seem like everyday activities to you and me, can be insurmountable tasks to someone with autism. Shaving for example is something most of us don’t think twice about. Guys that shave usually do it daily. For autistic teens both behavioral and sensory issues come into play making that routine shave…not so routine.
It’s possible your child will be able to handle shaving them self or you might do it for them. Either way there are some things you can do to help the sensory issues that autism inevitably brings to the table. Here are some tips that I found when searching the internet as well as talking to some that have been through this stage in their autistic children’s life.
Shaving and Autistic Teen
If the choice is made to use an electric shaver find one that is quiet and doesn’t vibrate very much. If you can find a store that has a working unit to try you could test it out even before you purchase. Ear protectors are another option for use with electric shavers; it might help with overly noisy units.
If you need to shave your child, I watched a video on YouTube where the home health nurse put towels on the floor for the autistic young man to lay down on. That may also help with sensory overload. It allowed a safer way to shave him.
If sitting or standing for the process works, have something that keeps the focus off the shaving and on something else. If they have a special ‘soothing’ item it might be good to keep it close by so it’s handy if needed.
Play around with the shaving cream – if your child is an imitator this is the time to get lathered up with them.
Do you have any tips to add? Let us know if you have a technique that might help others as they teach their autistic teens to shave, or need to shave them.
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