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Old 04-18-2010, 05:14 PM   #1
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problem with teenaged autistic son

My 16 year old son is autistic and non-verbal. He usually understands most everything he hears and obeys pretty well. We are having just one problem lately. He refuses to let us trim his toenails. I've tried to get him to do it himself, and he can't seen to understand how to work the clippers. He's starting to get ingrown toenails due to this. I know this doesn't seem like much of a problem compared to what other people on this board are going through, but I'd appreciate it if someone could let me know if they've had this problem and how they handled it. Thanks.

 
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Old 04-19-2010, 12:34 AM   #2
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Re: problem with teenaged autistic son

This is a tough one. I wouldn't expect that your son would be able to do it himself and if he pinches himself, he would become very afraid. I suggest speaking with the occupational therapist in his school program for suggestions.

After a bath or shower is a good time as the toenails are softer and easier to cut, as a tip. Also let him have something special to eat while you are clipping the nails.

 
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Re: problem with teenaged autistic son

We trimmed one nail at a time (I'm talking one nail per day). Somehow, this was less threatening to our boy than an overhwhelming 10 nails at once.

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Old 04-19-2010, 11:24 PM   #4
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Re: problem with teenaged autistic son

Kirstee's idea is great!! I wish I would have thought of that at the time.

 
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