Sunday, 27 October 2013
The Big Stink - Aspergers and hygiene
"Is there any bath water" asked my son a minute ago. I nearly fell off my seat. For anyone who follows my blog regularly knows, getting my son to water is like asking a Dodo to fly- it just doesn't happen.
However over the past two weeks I have noticed a change. It began one day when my son asked his older brother if he could use the computer.
"Not until you've had a bath" said my eldest "You stink"
The youngest, who is now 13 (and has Aspergers) acknowledged that he is now beginning to get sweaty but was worried that bathtime was 8.30pm and it was only 11.00 o'clock in the morning,
I grasped my chance. "Well you could wait till 8.30pm", I acknowledged "but that's a long time to wait to go on the computer", "If you changed your routine today you could be on the computer in 10 minutes"
That seemed to settle it, in no time at all he was in the bath and clean without so much of a condescending look, a grimace or a swear word.
And so things have continued. He doesn't bath every night you understand, but anything is better than nothing at all. He has meekly gone for a bath three out of five times this week without so much as a murmur and tonight tops the lot!
I'm finding that the less I push. the more my son seems to mature. It's always a couple of years behind his peers when it comes to the social aspects of life but it does happen,when HE is ready!
So perhaps tomorrow he will clean his teeth? But I won't hold my breath.