How to Teach Students about Personal Hygiene

Instructor: Lori Sturdivant

Lori has a specialist's degree in Instructional Leadership/Mild Moderate and currently serves as the Lead Teacher for The University of Southern Mississippi's Autism Project.

Are you looking for fun and engaging ways to teach your students with learning disabilities about personal care skills? This lesson will provide you with strategies that you start using in the classroom today!

What are Personal Care Skills?

Personal care skills are the skills needed to maintain good health. They are also referred to as personal hygiene skills. This can be a sensitive subject to bring up to a classroom of students.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 'Hygiene refers to conditions and practices that help to maintain health and prevent the spread of diseases.' Personal hygiene is the practices we engage in to keep ourselves healthy and disease free.

Your students need feel safe and free from embarrassment discussing this topic with you and their classmates. Treating the skills like you would any other new concept will help you maintain professional boundaries with some sensitive subjects.

Personal Care Skills Examples:

  • Washing your hands
  • Brushing your teeth
  • Flossing your teeth
  • Washing your hair
  • Bathing
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Using pads/tampons
  • Putting on deodorant
  • Exercising
  • Leisure Activities

How to Teach Personal Care Skills


There are many different strategies for teaching personal hygiene. For the sake of this lesson,we are going to focus on handwashing to demonstrate the way you can instruct your students. You can use this guide, and modify it for almost any hygiene skill.

1. Teach the concepts and vocabulary.

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