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One of our biggest challenges that we’ve faced with Nicholas’ sensory processing disorder used to come every morning and every night before bed.
A twice daily routine that he absolutely hated.
Brushing his teeth.
I could literally play out the entire ritual in my head from start to finish before it even began. I knew that the moment I mentioned a toothbrush, the screaming would start. The second I tried to put the toothbrush in his mouth, he would try to bite.
He has never been a fan of having things in his mouth, especially things that are slimy or feel wet to him. This aversion is also to blame for his refusal to eat anything other than dry toast and graham crackers for days on end.
Once we started adding more sensory play into his everyday routine, the food issues started to improve. While there are still many, many things that he won’t even touch because of the texture, I can now get him to eat a somewhat balanced meal as long as none of his foods touch and they don’t feel slimy 🙂
Brushing his teeth, on the other hand, was still a struggle. It got to a point that to accomplish this task, both Eric and I would have to be present and one of us would have to hold onto him while the other brushed as quickly and efficiently as we could.
Knowing that we couldn’t keep this up, I started looking for a way to help him deal with this particular sensory issue. I talked to his dentist who simply gave me advice on how to hold him down, I asked friends and family and even consulted good ol’ Google.
So what did I come up with? Well, to be honest, not a whole lot. Nobody really seems to have an answer to ‘my son’s SPD is making it impossible to brush his teeth, what can I do?’ But that’s the nature of the special needs parenting beast right? Children with special needs are each so independently unique that even if you find an answer to your question, chances are, it won’t work for your child.
In the end, I decided just to try to make it as fun as possible. Nicholas and I took a little trip to the store to pick out a brand new toothbrush. He was so excited to pick it out all by himself and made a beeline straight for the one with Disney’s Cars printed all over it.
The time came to try them out and with his new toothbrush and matching Cars toothpaste in hand, we headed for the bathroom.
The outcome? Completely different child.
He was nervous when we started and pulled at the toothbrush quite a few times but for the first time, he didn’t try to bite. He didn’t scream or cry. He didn’t even go limp trying to drop himself to the floor!
Since that first time he has made such an incredible amount of progress. He no longer seems nervous and will happily open up his mouth so that we can “tickle” his teeth with the toothbrush.
Just goes to show I guess that sometimes the simplest solutions really are the best 🙂
So how about you? How long has it been since you’ve had a fun new toothbrush? Maybe you’re looking for one now or maybe, you’re looking for a way to make that daily ritual a little bit more fun?
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