When prompted, he puts the toothbrush in his mouth but does a poor job of brushing.
He may have poor fine motor skills, but he is not incapable of doing it himself.
Mainly his poor brushing is because he detests the feeling and sabotages the process, much like the husband who does not want to take out the trash so he does it poorly.
We used to look at each other and smile when Andrew's dentist would lecture us on how to floss in between Andrew's teeth. Floss? Seriously? We could hardly get him to open his mouth to let us brush his teeth. But flossing may be less of a pipe dream today.
Andrew is putting up with us brushing his teeth these days. Sometimes we wait until he's nearly asleep so he really has no fight left in him. A great trick his dad figured out.
Someday he may allow us to regularly floss his teeth.
We're not giving up!
For now, we are happy he often has the cleanest teeth in the house.
You'll know when you see him smile.
Grosse Pointe residents Coutilish and Langan created this column to share experiences from their journey as parents of a child with Fragile X syndrome (fragilex.org). Send your questions or comments to mblan