Did I remember to brush my teeth?
As we get older, it is important that we remind ourselves to maintain basic hygiene every day, but for neurodivergent individuals, this can be difficult. Making sure that they take a shower, brush their teeth, wear deodorant, and other daily hygienic things that other people make a part of their routine can be a daunting task for them. Yet, if they do not ensure that they are doing it anyway, children, teens, and young adults may struggle to not only make and maintain friendships but socialize in general.
Especially as children begin going through puberty, keeping up with their hygiene is very important. If they do not, their peers may not want to be around them because they may smell or be unclean due to their inability to keep up with a healthy routine, causing them to become shunned by peers. Since most other children, teens, and young adults do not want to be constantly around someone who is unable to maintain proper hygiene, they will begin to stray away from being friends or socializing with them, making their youthful years a lonely time. They also may find it harder to socialize since they will be too anxious about their poor hygiene, causing a vicious cycle that ends in loneliness and isolation, however, at the Support for Students Growth Center, we can help them learn the skills and behaviors needed to maintain proper hygiene.
At the Support for Students Growth Center, we provide the social, behavioral, educational, emotional, and executive functioning skills children, teens, young adults, and their families who may be Neurodivergent or not need for a happy and successful life in and out of school settings. Our team of professionals offers individualized and family coaching/counseling and social skills groups to help teach skills such as how to maintain proper hygiene to ensure parents do not have to worry that their kids will be unable to make and maintain a functioning independent life on their own. So, if your child is struggling with skills like the ones listed above and much more, the SSGC is equipped with the tools to help.
Dr. Eric J. Nach, Ph.D., M.Ed., A.S.D.C., is a Developmental and Behavioral Specialist who specializes in Autism, ADHD and related disorders. Dr. Nach is the founder of the Support for Students Growth Center and College Life Skills Program where he and his team of professional’s help develop the Emotional Maturity, Executive Functioning, Life Skill and Social Abilities of children, teens, young adults and college students and those high school students preparing for college.