If this is your first time here, let me introduce myself. I may not be a Sensory Processing Disorder expert, but I play one on TV.
Actually, scratch that. I am an expert. I know more than every expert, pediatrician, and psychiatrist I’ve seen yet.
Why do I know more? Because I won’t take “I don’t know” or “I’m not sure” for an answer. While doctors and therapists learn from books and internships, I have lived with my own personal test subject for 9 years. I know what works, and what doesn’t work. And if you’re a doctor, I see right through you when you don’t know sensory processing disorder from OCD or Autism.
That being said, here’s something I didn’t know. I didn’t know that a stuffed bear would help my SPD kid brush his teeth.
This is not a promotional post, Gund has no idea I own this bear, let alone am writing about it. But this is something I had to do.
It’s hard enough to get a 9yo boy to brush his teeth. Throw in Sensory issues and it’s darn near impossible. Since the boy was two we have had the same argument about brushing teeth EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
Enter best dentist in the world. His first visit ever was 3 months ago, you can think I’m a neglectful mom, but considering how difficult it was to get this kid to eat “real” food, I figured it was in everyone’s best interest to wait a while before someone stuck their hands in his mouth. And possibly lost a finger.
When we had the teeth brushing conversation she handed him a bear. A teeth brushing bear. He talked, and sang and was super excited about brushing his teeth.
In my mind I was like “Whatever, he’s 8, he’s going to think this is baby stuff” WRONG! When the bear was finished this kid begged for one. Well color me surprised, I ordered one on Amazon right there from my phone.
If you doubt the value of such a toy…..
You know you need this bear, so here’s the link GO NOW Gund Brush Your Teeth Bear Animated 2″ Plush