Using the bath

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.