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To Shake or Not To Shake, that is the question
How do you handle hand shaking with your PA/TNA child? We were in the middle of successfully teaching our son to shake hands when he was being introduced, saying hello or good-bye (at church, etc), when he was diagnosed PA/TNA. He is touch-sensitive, so we are very nervous now.
We have come up with 3 options:
1) Allow him to shake hands, then immediately have him wipe off with a baby wipe (ex. at church) or wash his hands (ex. at home). (I think this is beyond my comfort zone.)
2) Do not allow him to shake hands at all,
have him keep his hands behind his back (as a quiet reminder for himself and a risk reducer for those people who grab his hands when he hasn't extended them) and just verbalize a salutation.
3) Combine option 2 with a short (if there is one) explanation.
We don't want to offend any one or appear rude. But there's not always enough time to explain why he can't touch someone.
Also, what about the risk of the rest of the family shaking hands (ex. at church, again) and accidently "contaminating" him?
This is the only place I could ask this question and not be accused of being an over-protective psycho parent! Thank-you all.