Personal hygiene is an important life skill for everyone to learn. As an adult, you are expected to be able to take care of yourself and that includes keeping up with your hygiene. Especially in 2020, the concept of hygiene has become more important than ever in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.


Routines and schedules can be helpful to the development of skills. Schedules can be a visual representation and reminder for tasks that need to be accomplished. Furthermore, a schedule allows for a child to have a reference and increase the probability the hygiene tasks become an everyday routine.

Equally important, is staying consistent with your schedule to create a routine that will stay. For instance, if you decide that your child will take a shower every night after dinner then if possible it is important that you stick to that schedule. Hopefully, if a routine is created then your child will be able to follow it on his/her own without a reminder.

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Hand Washing

Hand washing is an essential life skill, it promotes good personal hygiene. Creating a visual step list for handwashing can be helpful in the learning process. Starting the learning process with small steps can make it easier for children. Often trying to learn everything at once can be overwhelming and intimidating.

Example List:

  • Turn faucet on
  • Wet hands
  • Put soap on hands
  • Scrub both sides of hands
  • Rinse hands
  • Turn off faucet
  • Dry hands

In addition, lists for hygiene tasks can be beneficial to ensure no steps are missed. Having a visual representation that can be checked as needed allows for a routine to build and the task to be learned. Furthermore, the goal of creating a routine for your child is to become more independent and be able to take care of their own hygiene.

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