First Tooth

Yesterday after Cody lost his tooth, as with any parent you celebrate, maybe shed a tear   ( I did) and quickly mention to him the tooth fairy will be coming tonight! You then realize, this is something that has to be taught to Cody and does not come natural for him to understand.  I dragged out one of my favorite pillow cases that was Cameron’s growing up that has the sewn pocket on the end of the case.  This gave us an easy access to leave a gift from the fairy while sleeping.



I started talking about the tooth fairy with Cody and showing him how the pocket snaps and unsnaps closed on the pillow case. I then stuck his favorite treats, pretzel or cookie inside so he could understand this is what you will open to discover a prize when the tooth fairy comes in the morning!  Remember, he may not be able to express or speak everything but I do believe he understands.  You can tell in the proud walk he displays and smiles from the photos that were taken yesterday.  Brad and I often can see this difference in him when we know he truly gets it!   Last night I was gone most of the night with Cameron related events and Brad took over and worked with Cody on the pocket several times. After he fell fast asleep, Brad added a cookie with a $5 bill for him to wake up to when he woke up this morning!

So why and I sharing this with you??  Because you see, things are taught a little different with Cody but they all have the same outcome as it would be for any child who loses their first tooth.  Once you learn how your child learns, that is all it takes.  Being involved with Cody’s therapies makes all the difference in the world because I too understand how he learns at a much deeper level.  Embrace differences.  We all have the same goal in life which is for our children to always keep learning and one day be able to live independent successful lives. Who cares what it takes to get there?


Step outside the typical box. Not all learning needs to be the same. Be creative.


Published by mamalamaneustupa

Bio My name is Shelley Neustupa. I am a mother of two cool boys and a wife of 22 years to my high school sweetheart. My oldest son attends the University of Oklahoma. Boomer! My youngest is in 2nd grade and was diagnosed with Autism and Mixed Receptive Expressive Disorder at age 2. Since his diagnosis, I promised him I would advocate and educate as hard as he works each day in therapy. I began writing and have been able to touch many parents that may be new to this journey providing them with actual experiences (not candy coated), support and resources through my entries. Writing is my therapy and my hope one day that my nonverbal son will be able to take these diaries and speak about his own journey and how autism relates to his own experiences. Who knows he and his older brother may become National Speaker’s one day? Come along on our journey to better understand our lives through the eyes of a boy with autism, his Skilled Companion dog Jude, his big brother (and best friend) and mom and dad. My raw vulnerability captures the everyday moments of our journey and will bring even more awareness. A week does not go by where we do not learn something new about ourselves and I want to share these chapters with you. My Sons Undeniable Strengths… Extremely smart and figures out things quickly. Has a memory that allows him to remember more things than I could ever hope for. Persuasive by his personality and sheepish looks. Overabundance of stamina and strength. Loves the outdoors. Enjoys life and always has fun with an unforgettable smile. You can find us here: Writer: Autism Through His Eyes Facebook Instagram YouTube Pinterest Canine Companions for Independence News Interview Cody and Skilled Companion Jude - Our Story

One thought on “First Tooth

  1. How was his reaction when he discovered that the pocket was full of goodies? Cody is such a
    bright boy. I know he must love learning new things and thanks to mom and dad for teaching
    him in a way he understands. Love.

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