Monday, October 7, 2013

Personal Hygiene - How to Wash Your Hands

We've decided to do a personal hygiene program on Fridays in our classroom. Washing our hands is something that most of us take for granted. We do it on a daily basis without taking another second to think about it. For special needs children, washing their hands can be a challenge. There could be a cognitive issue or it could be a motor skill that they just haven't developed yet. In order to teach special needs students how to wash their hands, it must be broken down into simple steps. We broke it down into 5 steps; wet your hands, get soap, wash for 15 seconds, rinse, and dry your hands. To teach these steps, we watched a BrainPop video and done a short activity with them. See a picture of the activity below. 
(You will need blank paper, crayons for tracing hands, 
hand washing images, and glue sticks!)

We also hung some pictures up in the bathroom, along with a cute little song, as a reminder. Check it out. 

(Sorry for the glare!)

Please share your ideas on how you teach personal hygiene!! 

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1 comment:

  1. I teach in a middle school and we do hygiene every day. We do ours right after PE and lunch. We started with hand and face washing and broke it down just like you did. Since my students were coming back from PE and lunch with food on their faces and stuck in their teeth and smelling kind of ripe, I added brushing our teeth, which I taught with a social story, as well as using deodorant and combing their hair. My students are now doing these independently and the routine takes about 5 minutes. It has been worth it.