Do children with Aspergers syndrome tend to neglect their hygiene?
i have a soon to be 17 year old daughter and she's been diagnosed for about 7 years now with aspergers. my concern is that she has gone throught periods of time where she neglects her hygiene. this has gone on for years, but, seems to have gotten worse. is this a trait that others with AS have. she refuses to brush her teeth, take showers etc. i need to know i'm not alone with this.
you are not alone. Asperger's is a spectrum of all types of children and adults. Some are very good with personal care and others need promting by family or peers.
If you use a daily planner prompt or some such reminder system for your 17 year old, include showering and other suggestions.
As physicians we do worry about females when personal menstrual hygiene is neglected as it is a source of infection. Please reminder her of her obligation to take care of all aspects of her personal care.
Wayne A. Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics
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Hi, i also have aspergers syndrome, and found that its not nessacary just a case of forgetting about personal hygiene and in the need or reminders, but a case of sensory oer load caused by tasks such as brushing teeth and showering, more about how i[ve experienced this can be found over on my blog http://nurseteaspoons.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/personal-hygiene-and-asperger-syndrome.html which goes into more details on how i've tried to overcome these issues.
You're not alone. I'm a retired teacher and now mother of an Aspie son. I saw this as a commonality between children with Aspergers. As the mother of a son with both Aspergers and Autism, I will tell you that the solution largely rests with you. Your child, no matter the age, needs a set routine, that you will not allow her to deviate from. She needs for the routine to be simple and repeated.
Try posting brightly colored signs with directions that remind your daughter of her hygiene routine. Examples might include 1. Wash your face or 2. Brush your teeth, 3. Get dressed, and so on. Give her a checklist that needs to be signed by you daily to see if these tasks were completed. Follow-up to see if she payed attention to the signs. Ask for the checklist if she hasn't brought it to you by mid-morning. If you allow her to skip, miss, or deviate away from the list, things will go in a negative direction. Consistency helps children and adults with Aspergers; it helps parents too.