Wednesday, February 01, 2012
The Special Needs Tooth Fairy
As you can probably guess by now, this is all leading up to an important question. What does the Tooth Fairy bring a special needs child? Whit lost her second tooth over the weekend. When she lost her first one, she swallowed it. (We think.) So Melanie and I were kind of off the hook. But this time, we've got the tooth in hand. And we'd like for Whitney to have a positive experience related to losing teeth. It's been kind of traumatic for her so far. We don't need to go into it too far but something about having a parent hold her mouth open and pull on her teeth doesn't sit well with her.
So to make things more positive, we're considering having the Tooth Fairy bring some candy or a bag of chips! That'll probably seem pretty strange to most people but those are some of the things Whitney enjoys most. At dinner, if she eats well, Whitney asks for chips instead of dessert. And she's always digging through the diaper bag looking for hidden packs of Smartees, Pez or other crunchy candy.
So I guess that's what we'll try. Should be entertaining to try and stick a bag of chips under a sleeping child's pillow. No wonder the Tooth Fairy usually just opts for cash.
Have any of you other special needs parents out there been through this? How did you handle the Tooth Fairy in your home? I'd love to hear some of your stories.