Having a Child with Down Syndrome, Part CXXI: More Self Care

Alice has been having an challenging time taking a shower in a reasonable amount of time. We made a decision last year that as a teenager, Alice should take a shower every day. Alice clearly doesn’t want to do this and does everything that she can to drag the process out. This past week, she set a personal record of taking two hours to get through the process and that’s with repeated reminders from us to get on task (“OK, OK! I doing it!”). We had tied success in getting the job done tied to an activity after showering. Nope. No good.

After that night, E&I both decided that we’ve had enough of that nonsense, so we tied her performance to a food reward, since recently Alice has been thinking mostly with her stomach. I don’t like using food as a reward. I really don’t, but 2 hours in the shower? No. Just no.

And for the record, what’s up with this? Clothes scattered on the floor, door open, and she’s in the shower. Well, 1 out of 3…

1 thought on “Having a Child with Down Syndrome, Part CXXI: More Self Care

  1. Helen Pluciennik

    Lots of teenagers take very long showers!

    I know our two grandsons do.

    And unless one is running around and really sweating maybe just a wash up
    is all that is needed.
    Just a thought——-


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