I first met Abella* and her two youngest children Jabir (4 months) and Masud (4 years) when they dropped in to join one of our group play sessions.
The three of them joined us regularly and after a few sessions I arranged to to come to their house for a den building consultation. The consultation is a fun way to get to know a family in their home environment and identify areas of their daily life that are causing them stress. During the consultation we met the rest of the family including older sister Amara (5 years).
Abella told us about how Masud refused to let her brush his teeth and would sometimes even make himself sick by gagging on the toothbrush. It had become one of the most stressful parts of her day and she was looking for a creative solution. So we arranged a visit from the Tooth Fairy.
Before he left the Tooth Fairy set the family a challenge to brush their teeth twice a day, every day for a week. If they managed it he would drop off a special reward. Inspired by the Tooth Fairy’s story and encouraged by the toothbrushing song they completed the challenge easily. Now, almost 3 months on Masud continues to enjoy toothbrushing time and even reminds his mum if she forgets. The change in Masud’s behaviour has made other parts of their daily life less stressful and Abella now feels better equipped to deal with difficult behaviour.
Masud has started school but Abella and Jabir continue to come to the playgroup at the Hook House Community Hub, which we helped kick start. Abella and her children also joined our group trip for their first visit to the Horniman Museum and went to their local children’s centre for the first time with us.
Abella and her family now have better connections with their local services as well as creative solutions that have helped them reduce stress and establish healthy routines in a playful way.
“Before it was really hard for me but after the Toothbrush Fairy, it’s changed everything.”
– Abella Hamed, mum of three.
If you have concerns about tooth brushing and would like to learn more about how we can help, please get in touch.
*All names have been changed to protect the family’s privacy