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Bathing and Showering Tips

Author: Natalie Rivera, OTS and Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L - Occupational therapy student and occupational therapist

Bathing and showering may be difficult for some individuals with Down syndrome for many reasons. Below are a variety of adaptive strategies and equipment to promote safety and independence with this self-care task.  A  long-handled sponge  or a  washcloth with han

Tips for Washing and Rinsing Hair in the Shower

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

Some families have shared with us that washing and rinsing hair can be a challenging task for their loved ones with Down syndrome. We have compiled a list of suggestions from families for making this task easier to complete. The list includes some strategies that address the whole

Lotion Options

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

Some people do not like the feeling of lotion or creams. This handout shows examples of lotions that can be used on wet skin and lotions that can be sprayed on skin.

Skin Care Handout

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This is a visual support that is based on the Skin Care video featuring Molly and Peter.

Choosing Clothing - Male

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This visual is intended to help individuals make appropriate clothing choices.

Clothing Match Game

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This resource provides images for a game in which participants identify clothing as either appropriate or inappropriate

Adaptive Shoes

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

Recommendations for adaptive shoes and shoelaces that make it easier for people with Down syndrome to get their shoes on and off.

Choosing Clothing - Female

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This visual is intended to help individuals make appropriate clothing choices.

Pants Without Fasteners

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L

Getting dressed can be difficult for some people with Down syndrome because of decreased bimanual dexterity and fine motor skills. This handout provides suggestions for pants that are easy to put on.

Shirts Without Fasteners

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L

Getting dressed can be difficult for some people with Down syndrome because of decreased bimanual dexterity and fine motor skills. This handout provides suggestions for shirts that are easy to put on.

Toilet Hygiene

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L

This handout describes options to increase independence and success with toilet hygiene.

New Way to Learn How to Tie Shoes

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L

This handout describes an alternative method for tying shoes that may help individuals with Down syndrome be more independent with this task.

How to Shave with an Electric Razor Video

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Video

In this video, Tim and Jim discuss and demonstrate the basic steps for shaving with and cleaning an electric razor. 

Tips for Dealing with Dry Skin Video

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Video

Dry skin is more common in people with Down syndrome. In the video below, Mary and June talk about dry skin and tips for managing it.

Skin Care Video

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Video

In this video, Molly and Peter share information about proper skin care. A corresponding visual handout can be found at this link .

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