• Ethan

    The Special Needs Dentist Check Up

    Last week brought with it a special needs dentist check up for Ethan. After our break through visit in April when Ethan had a toothache we have gone backwards again in our teeth battle. Ethan has been putting up a fight again when we have to brush his teeth. We have had to basically start our brushing journey again as he decided he doesn’t like his electric toothbrush anymore. He also decided that he didn’t like Darren brushing his teeth. We have had to slowly find something that works for Ethan again. We also had an appointment at our family dentist in the summer holidays that really didn’t go well.…

  • Autism

    Autism and the Toothache

    In the last week of term before the Easter holidays one of my biggest fears came true! As we brushed Ethan’s teeth he screamed out in pain and after lots of tears we worked out that Ethan could possibly have a toothache. We debated if perhaps we hurt his gum so decided to see what his reaction was like the following morning. As feared he wouldn’t let me near him with his toothbrush. All our years of hard work to just get a toothbrush anywhere near his mouth was lost in a few seconds. The best thing I could do was send Ethan to school with some pain relief and…

  • Ethan

    The SEN Dentist Breakthrough

    Last week Ethan had his second dentist appointment at the Special Needs Dentist since we used the Monkey Wellbeing book to visually show Ethan what to expect at the appointments. His first appointment went well and he did open his mouth a little bit for the dentist to try to look at his teeth. This was of course with Darren’s help and Ethan was sitting on Darren’s lap whilst the dentist tried to see his teeth. We wasn’t sure how this appointment was going to go. We had told Ethan he was going to the dentist after school and he was OK when we arrived. We did make the mistake…

  • Autism

    Special Needs Dentist – The Sensory Appointment

    Last week Ethan had another appointment at the Special Needs Dentist. This time we have been booked in for two sensory appointments before going back to see the dentist in the new year. After our amazing appointment last time with the dentist, thanks to Monkey Wellbeing, I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting this time. Ethan was in a very busy mood when we arrived and paced quickly around the room. I really didn’t think we would be able to get his attention or get him to follow any directions at all! The nurse kept asking Ethan to sit on the chair. He remembered the game they played making…

  • Review

    Visiting the Dentist with Monkey Wellbeing

    Ethan was sent a Monkey Wellbeing book before I had my c-section in the hope that it would get him used to the hospital environment. We reviewed Monkey Wellbeing – Monkey Has An Operation and even though Little E’s delivery day didn’t quite go to plan, when Ethan visited the hospital he took it all in his stride. This year at BritMums Live I got to meet the lovely lady behind Monkey Wellbeing and we talked about how the Monkey Wellbeing series is a fantastic visual for all children. She told me that they were working on a dentist book and I told her how going to the dentist is…

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