A 2009 study of teens with and without disability through puberty revealed more significant behavioural and sexual challenges for those with disability (Akrami & Davudi, 2014). As puberty sets in, teens with disability are faced with some new changes, including the potential need for hair removal. The first steps in this process include considering their safety, motor skills, cognitive processing and reason for hair removal. There may be some trial and error required to find the tool best suited. Steps can be broken down, positioning modelled, and responsibility gradually released (Breithard, 2020).

Occupational therapists can work with these individuals and their caregivers to develop strategies for carrying out the activity of shaving. Therapists can also discuss technology and pharmaceutical alternatives such as the electric razor, hair removal creams and laser hair removal treatment.

At My Rehab Team, Occupational Therapists can help you explore these strategies in a professional and supportive manner. Contact us on 1300 469 734
or info@myrehabteam.com.au for more information.


  • Akrami, L., Davudi, M. (2014). Comparison of behavioural and sexual problems between intellectually disabled and normal adolescent body during puberty in Yazd, Iran. Iran J Psychiatry Behaviour Science, 8(2), 68-41. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4105606/
  • Breithard, D. (2020). Shaving and hair removal for teens with disabilities. Devon Breitbart. https://devonbreithart.com/shaving-hair-removal-teens-disabilities/