Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tips for children with autism and brushing teeth

We know that April is Autism Awareness Month and the statistics coming from the CDC are staggering. Children with autism can find the sensation of brushing teeth more difficult than others. My son, who is autistic is a prime example and without reminders will "forget".  The consequences of not brushing can lead to tooth decay and possible fear of dentists.

My son, even at the age of 15 needs reminders every day to brush his teeth. I decided it was time to put our Add a Brilliant Smile Chart into practice!  We discussed it together, how it is used, what is expected and I got him enthusiastic about the chart. We addressed again the importance of brushing teeth and how he could take on the responsibility of taking care of his teeth, without me asking twice a day. His dentist will be happy too!  Now I can see at a glance if he has brushed his teeth before we head out of the door in the morning! Of course, you need to be able to trust that your child is not just drawing a face without brushing so I am nearby just to make sure.

At the end of the first week as a treat for using the chart we ventured out to see a movie - something again that he wanted. Rewards don't have to be be expensive, and in fact mine usually aren't. I usually try to incorporate the rewards with things that we would be doing such as going to the park,  riding bikes together,  stopping for ice cream!

The chart is a visual reminder for him and a check for me. It is definately working for us!

We are offering a 15% discount code AUTISM14 which can be used on our website or The discount code can be used for all of our products. Also available from our Facebook page ( ) is a letter for the tooth fairy which can be downloaded.

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