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.