SOS – how to blow your nose! This is definitely a very challenging task for our SPD children and there are some very good reasons why they cannot blow their nose.
The steps to blowing a nose:
- The sensation of acknowledging the nose is full or stuffy
- Holding the tissue
- Instead of sniffing, the feeling to blow
- Pressing on one nostril then the other (ready to blow)
- Blowing through the nose (not the mouth)
- The feeling of understanding the nose is now clear
- Understanding how to dispose of the dirty tissue
- Being able to wash hands then dry them
Break the steps down to blowing a nose:
- Practice blowing through the mouth. A great way to do this is blowing a feather across the floor, or blow football. Once confident, pick up a tissue and bring the tissue to the nose. Keep blowing through the mouth so they can see the tissue moving.
- Progress to closing the mouth and blowing through the nose – always practice this when they do not have a cold as it may make your child anxious. Remember, they may already have a cold and are struggling to breath.
- Practice closing one nostril at a time. You can even ask your child to try and blow the tissue using their nostril.
- Eventually they will hopefully be able to master the art of blowing their nose.
- Don’t forget to teach the child about spreading germs and washing their hands after handling a tissue.
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