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Carrying out everyday tasks can be a struggle for anyone. Often simple and straightforward ideas can make life easier.

Ideas to Help

Make-up

If the child has started to wear make up  and seems to be using it too heavily, a make-up consultation is a useful way of finding out what colours and styles suit the individual and to teach them how to apply it properly. This is often free in many large department stores.

Hair

Encourage the child to have a hairstyle that is easy to keep. A style that can be almost dried with “rough drying” first and then finished off with a hot brush/straighteners or some gel to keep it in place is easier to manage. Using a long-handled hairbrush and/or comb can help the child reach and look after the back of her hair.

Teeth

An electric toothbrush may be easier for the child to do a thorough job. Many brushes now come with timers or you could use a timer so that she knows how long to brush each area for. Have their teeth regularly checked and cleaned by a dentist.

Menstruation

Stick-on pads (without side panels or wings) are easier to place and dispose of than tampons.

If using tampons for the first time, start to put the tampons in while in a squatting position as this give more stability than standing up. Some people need a reminder to change their pads/tampons. A watch or mobile phone with a timer set to go off every few hours can help.

Bathing/showering/toileting

Using moist toilet wipes after using the toilet can help with cleansing. These are available from most supermarkets or chemists.

Consider having a seat fitted in the shower. Having a strong handrail fitted by the bath or shower may also be useful.

A bath mat placed in the bath or shower will prevent the child from slipping.

A long-handled sponge will help the child wash areas of the body that are difficult to reach.

Where turning taps on and off is hard, try long-handled tap turners.