Self-grooming is often difficult for people with
cerebral palsy. The following suggestions may help
your child learn to accomplish these everyday tasks:
Give your child time to practice. Grooming
skills can be learned through repetition, as well as practicing in other ways.
For example, buy a doll with long, easy-to-comb hair to help your child
Offer help as your child needs it. Don't help too
much or too soon in the activity. Ask your child to let you know when he or she
Talk with an occupational therapist about ways to help
your child learn to groom himself or herself.
Some people with cerebral palsy are not able to groom themselves.
Those who have both hands and arms affected will need help performing most
routine grooming tasks.
Stay with a person who has a form of cerebral palsy with movement
control problems while he or she bathes. Leaving him or her alone, even for a
short time, can be dangerous.
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