Bath time for children is usually an opportunity to play with parents, sisters and brothers. This should not be any different for a child with additional needs - although supportive equipment such as a bath chair may restrict the range of suitable play activities.
Busy schedules and time constraints may make encouraging independence difficult, particularly on school days when there is so much to do in a limited time. Parents or caregivers may often find it quicker to wash their child themselves. However, try to use more relaxing times (for example, weekends and holidays) to encourage your child to be more independent.
Living made easy for children does not include the wide range of accessible baths available. If you would like to view these, visit the bathing section of the main Living made easy site.
If you are considering adapting your bathroom, you may wish to read our information on disabled facilities grants (DFGs) and our information on designing an accessible bathroom for children with disabilities.
When considering bathing equipment, an individual assessment with an occupational therapist may be appropriate. Your child's safety in the bathroom is very important and there may be individual factors that determine which bathing equipment best suits your child's needs.
The information on this site is not a substitute for individual assessment.
The equipment listed here may be provided by your local authority, depending on their eligibility criteria. If your child is eligible, the equipment will be provided on a long-term loan basis. Alternatively, you may be eligible for a direct payment from your local authority to purchase something suitable.
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