9 Tips to Create a Bathroom that is Friendly for a Special Needs Child

The Correct Bathroom Design

Your first step of the process for a bathroom design for your child is to think about what limitation they have if the layout will benefit storage space, ease-of-access and whether accessories like handrails and grab bars would comfortably fit into the space allocated for the bathroom.

Here are a few tips on various ways you are able to induce independence into the bathroom space while ensuring the child feels comfortable within this environment.

1. Ensure You Have Push and Pull Water Taps

Many kids do not have enough strength or coordination to turn or press soap containers, bottles and water taps, which is why it becomes necessary to use fittings and products that are easier to operate. Pull-and-push tap levers work better than the levers that turn tightly and this same push/pull system are normally used in luxury kitchens. In the way of ensuring an easier access you provide opportunities for learning and independence.

2. Keep Your Child Safe

Bathrooms are usually the spaces where most families store their medications. Make sure you are thinking about your child’s safety when you install a new medicine cabinet, making sure you are able to either ensure it is child-proof or you are able to lock it. The cabinet should also be installed high enough that your child cannot reach it.

3. Install Grab Bars

The grab bars should be installed on each side of your bathtub to offer support when it comes to bending and standing. Dependent on the mobility of the child, you may want to install grab bars close to your toilet. With grab bars you offer your child with an opportunity to start practicing getting out of or into the bath while offering the support that they need.

4. Get Non-Slip Mats

Bathrooms can become extremely slippery, especially when there is water involved, which is why it is so important that your children are secure and stable in the shower or bath area. Non-slip mats are an important product for kids and parents. These mats offer stability along with decreasing excess water that can result in injuries. An option that is more expensive involves applying an anti-slip coating to your bathroom and shower floor.

5. Provide a Walk-In Bath

The walk-in bath is one of the best options, as it allows easy access for children and adults that have mobility issues. The walk-in bath features a door along with a seat for your child to sit on. It offers an easier way to bath and is also the ideal option for a carer or parent who has to lift the child.

6. Lower the Sink Level

If needed you may want to consider installing an additional water basin which should be lowered to the height of the child, with tap levers that are easy to reach.

7. Take Sensitive Senses into Consideration

If you have a child with autism, it is important that the bathroom is child-friendly. Think about the child’s sensory sensitivity …

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