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May 13th, 2009, 05:39 PM
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I would appricate any tips I can get. I am having a hard time cutting Jay's finger nails and toe nails. He screams bloody murder when I try to cut them. He also kick scratches me. I know its more then likley a sensory thing. What could I do make it easier. I swear it takes me 25 minutes to get it done because he screams and will not stay still.
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May 13th, 2009, 06:03 PM
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I'm having a similar problem, but with brushing Noah's teeth. I wish I had advice for you...

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May 13th, 2009, 07:07 PM
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You could wait until he as is asleep...

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May 13th, 2009, 10:40 PM
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Hmm, from personal experience (ymmv):

Take some time and explain what you're going to do and why.

Demonstrate on someone else what you're going to do, explain that nails don't have nerves so it won't hurt, and he won't really feel it.

Explain what'll happen if they're not cut, I used to hate having mine cut until I saw the Guinness book of records woman with the longest nails... they look *horrible* and I never had a problem after that

It sounds... wrong... but you can try some of the tricks people use with dogs and cats too - someone I knew used to wrap their child's arm in a towel so they couldn't see what they were doing, oddly that seemed to work. Distraction might be an option, but it depends how focussed he gets.

Brushing teeth is harder, I never used to do mine because of the taste of the toothpaste, I never found one I liked and so I just skipped it. Kinda suffering for it now
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May 14th, 2009, 12:14 AM
AlexKatieAiden Mommy's Avatar Linda
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I have heard that cutting their nails while they are sleeping is the best. I just show Alex that I am cutting my nails, and the other kids nails and he is fine with it. It used to be a fight so I would just let them grow until they broke but that isn't good either.

As for the brushing teeth, as The Husband said, try not using tooth paste. I have heard that alot of children with autism just don't like the taste of the toothpaste. It might work but if not I am sorry I don't have any other advice for you.

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May 14th, 2009, 07:12 AM
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Jay does well with his teeth being brushed. He used to hate it but I found that the toddler toothpaste was the culprit. I switched him to minty toothpaste and he does alot better.

Thanks for the tips.
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