Having a Wash Social Stories

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Having a wash Social Stories

Having a wash

Having a wash means cleaning our bodies to remove dirt and smells.

Our skin gets dirty through the day. Often we can not see this dirt but it is there. This is normal for everyone. After a while this can make us smell and this can be uncomfortable for other people.

Having a wash can help us stay clean and fresh. Most people have a shower or a bath each day so they keep their bodies nice and clean.

Sometimes we might need other washes depending on what we have been doing. This might include:

an extra shower after swimming or playing a sport where we get dirty
washing our face after eating messy food
washing hands after doing a messy activity like painting

It is really important to wash each day to keep our skin healthy and clean. Washing helps to stop unpleasant smells that can make it uncomfortable for people around us.

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When I need a wash

Having a wash means cleaning my body to remove dirt and stop smells.

My skin can get dirty during the day. I might not be able to see the dirt but it is there. This is normal for everyone. After a while this can make me smell. This is not OK and other people may not want to be near me.

Having a wash can help me stay clean and fresh. I can have a shower or a bath each day to keep my body nice and clean.

Sometimes I might need extra washes. I might need a wash if:

I get my face dirty while eating messy food
I get my hands dirty doing a messy activity like painting
I get dirty playing outside

I need to wash each day to keep my skin healthy and clean. Sometimes I might need extra washes if I get dirty or messy. Staying clean and fresh is OK.

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These examples can be used to help you create your own social stories matched to your child's needs. If you need to modify any of the language try to avoid losing precise meaning when using more accessible language. Creating social stories with photos or pictures can often help too. These social story examples are available in a printable format below.

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Having A Wash

Having a wash Social Story Example

A print out version of the Having A Wash social story example above.

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When I Need A Wash

Having a wash Social Story Example

A print out version of the When I Need A Wash social story example above.

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You may also be interested in the following pages:

Body Odour Social Stories

Social Story Examples

Wearing Clothes

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