[blindkid] Toothpaste on Toothbrush

Bonnie Lucas lucas.bonnie at gmail.com
Fri Jul 15 01:50:06 UTC 2011

If I may, I'd like to say that if you are using a flip top to squeeze into the mouth, or to put it on the brush, the inside lid gets nasty, most of the time. However, if you do the into the mouth method and use a lid that you remove, you never even have to put it down because you can tuck it into the palm of the hand while you do the squirting into the mouth! Cool, eh?

-----Original Message-----
From: L [mailto:lburns24 at yahoo.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 2:16 PM
To: NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List, (for parents of blind children)
Subject: Re: [blindkid] Toothpaste on Toothbrush

I was just researching grooming and dressing for a paper I am writing for my grad class and came across this info at the Little Rock Foundation website,  - http://www.tlrf.org/parents_resources_TeachingMethods.htmBrushing Teeth
Give your child his own place to keep his supplies, such as a plastic caddy or cup, so that he doesn't have to search through the family's materials to locate his own things. If your child has usable color vision, purchase items that are boldly colored and distinct from those of other family members. Buy toothpastes with flip-top caps; this avoids the frustration of the little
round caps that roll away at the touch of a searching finger. If your brand doesn't offer fliptops,
teach your child to put the cap in a specific location, such as in a soap dish or next to the faucet.Your child can search for the cap by moving his hand from the sink edge in toward the bowl; this way, even if the cap rolls away, it will land in the sink to be easily found. It can be difficult for a blind or V.I. child to learn how to squirt just the right amount of toothpaste
and put it in just the right place on the brush. If this is so for your child, try: • Buy inexpensive toothpaste and let your child experiment in the tub or backyard. Show him how the toothpaste can squirt or ooze, depending on the pressure of his hand. Feel around to find where the toothpaste is inside the tube, and squeeze it to move the paste around inside the tube. Think of this as an early physics experiment! • Show your child how to squeeze a short line of toothpaste onto the end of his finger (from the bend of his first knuckle to the tip of his finger). When he can do this easily, he can learn to hold his fingertip next to the bristles of the toothbrush and guide the tip toothpaste tube along the head of the brush. • If you have practiced and practiced, and your child just can't seem to get the tooth paste on the brush, you may decide to try teaching this later on. In the meantime, your child could try using toothpowder (shake a small
 amount into the palm of the hand), or learn to squirt a small dab of toothpaste directly into his mouth (he will need his own tube of paste). Teach your child to wipe his mouth after brushing his teeth. He should also rinse the sink, leaving the bathroom clean for others.
There is also a new website - http://blindhow.com/

From: Moses Whitaker Jr <mwhitakerj at hotmail.com>
To: blind Kids Request NFB <blindkid at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 2:09 PM
Subject: [blindkid] Toothpaste on Toothbrush

Has anyone found a succesful way of teaching their child, (totally blind, very low to no light perception), the best way to put toothpaste on their toothbrush?
We are still having a difficult time with it.  We've tried the toothpaste on the finger but he can't seem to feel how much he's squeezing on his finger.  Big mess! 

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