Trouble changing autistic child's nappy
Hi, I am a foster carer to a 12 year old autistic child. Her autism is quite severe, she cannot communicate, wears nappies and self harms if her needs are not met immediately.
My problem is that when she needs her nappy changing she will not open her legs to let me or anyone clean her properly.
I have tried changing her standing up, sitting on the toilet seat and laying down, but she will not open her legs.
She is quite strong and I cannot use any form of force. I know that when she leaves me she will go onto a care home where they have more options, but as a foster career I simply do not know how to get around this.
At the moment I am laying her on a trolley and placing my elbow on one knee and my hand on the other, to keep her legs apart, which leaves my other hand free to clean her up. But she pushes my hand away.
Her parents simply shower her down (which is not really functional) her school do the best they can, but she always comes home sore because they have not cleaned her properly. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions please let me know.
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