I need your help.
Imagine you have a special needs child.
She has autism.
She has some pretty severe sensory aversion.
She has some fears.
She has super, crazy, thick, wavy hair.
She is going through a “water near the head equals screaming unless I’m in a pool” phase.
She also has severe dandruff.
And her hair is black.
Faith has been in a bit of a challenging phase lately. She does NOT want her hair washed. By that I mean that the sight of the shampoo can result in screaming, thrashing and throwing. I have tried almost every trick I know of. We have washed Daisy together, we have washed her stuffies, I have brought her in the shower with me. We have tried using the sink. We have read social stories. We have watched cartoons. We have watched Elmo’s world. We tried “dry” shampoo.
I KNOW eventually we will move out of this, but I need some advice for the here and now.
Her hair is a mess.
The dandruff is awful.
I brush her hair several times a day hoping to help loosen it and help it fall out. We have had a nylon bristle brush, but she said it was too scratchy and hurt. It also didn’t seem able to penetrate the thickness of her hair. She is ok with my using a plastic ball tipped vent brush, but it does not seen to help bring the flakes out of the hair.
Has anyone ever used a boars hair bristle brush. Are the bristles softer than the nylon bristles? They are kind of expensive but if they can get through the hair and help get the flakes out, I’m willing to buy one.