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potty training three yr old girl, (moderate autism) help? suggestions? tricks?

well, she has #1 on her potty five times now, in the last three months
each time it was after bath when she had no clothes on
she has done this on her own, no tinkle on floor
but she does run around naked for 30 minutes after bath
I am very pleased she has done this a few times
she also can stay dry all throught hte night-so her body is more than ready
but she has moderate autism,
her speech is limited and her actions and communication is not at three yr old level

now that it is getting colder (wisconsin fall comes early)
now to continue some potty progress, when naked is not going to be an option
she is not able to do clothes well, she has blinders on when playing, so interruption of play...transition issues... makes multiple trys to sit on potty a meltdown

any moms with child with autism (or not) have any ideas?

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Asked by fiatpax at 9:17 AM on Sep. 9, 2010 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Are you using PECS? setting up a chart withthe potty picture and showing her the card repeatedly then taking her to the potty will teach her how to ask to go, have you considered rewards? we used mini m and m's for our 2 on the spectrum.

    Answer by mamallamaof2 at 9:21 AM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • I mentioned to one of her therpaists that I would think she could be potty trained by four, and she thought i was being very optimistic

    every child with autism is different (any child is not like another)
    I would just like to have some more interest in the potty
    she is in special school for delayed children, and they will be working on potty along with all other things

    i know moms have the best ideas, and most of the time, thesemoms figure it out on their own

    need your wonderful ideas!

    ...and if she does not potty train for however long, i can deal with it, just something most moms have already gotten past,
    we have...I HVE learned to not schedule my daughter like regualr child, but would love to see some more progress in this area

    Comment by fiatpax (original poster) at 9:21 AM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • she was in birth to three, her therapists said to wait until school starts-they are going to do PECS, so waiting on this, school just started
    as for reward, i have done high fives, but no food reward
    she does not have candy=artifical food dyes HUGE no no for her
    but i could try some fruit snacks

    guess i can wait until school is suing PECS so i too can use at home,

    Comment by fiatpax (original poster) at 9:23 AM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • You know you can go online and print out your own pecs? there are several websites for them just google it. I understand abouthte food dyes and such. Is there any other food item that would be a motivator? what anout small toys or soemthing to earn torwards. My oldest can't tolerate being touched so we had to use a "Tangible" reward rather then the high fives and such. Also check the library, ours had some really cute and funny videos for potty training that worked well for the middle child.

    Answer by mamallamaof2 at 9:22 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • add a potty stop to your daily routine? i'm assuming from what you mentioned that she likes routine right? so instead of transitioning right to lunch, add a potty stop in... and again after lunch... try adding a potty stop before and/or after snack, nap, etc... and first thing in the morning and before bed...
    it's not going to stop ALL accidents, but it will get her in the habit of going at those times, or at least trying to go...
    another thing that i have heard that works... is move changing her diaper (or whatever she's wearing) INTO the bathroom... so she will connect the potty action with the bathroom...

    Answer by asil at 10:30 PM on Sep. 11, 2010

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