Many people who children have Sensory Processing Disorder may find that they struggle when it comes to washing their children’s hair. The threat of water coming can be a threat to the nervous system, with the feel of water being uncomfortable or even painful when it hits the skin. It may be the temperature of the water. Children who over-register tactile input may also over-register temperature, they may feel things in extremes – so something cool could be experienced as bitterly cold; and something warm as scorching hot.
It important to consider that there are a lot of factors as to why a child does not like having their hair washed, and important to think about them individually. One of the ways to help a child is to slowly break it down into small steps.