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My almost five year old SS has taken the big potty training step from requiring us to tell him when to go to going himself, but there is a VERY messy problem!

He goes into the bathroom, kicks off his pull-up and proceeds to urinate in the potty. The messy problem is that he will go poop in his pants and then run to the potty to go pee kicking off his poopy pull-up in the process. It is almost like poop does not bother him at all.

The poop gets EVERYWHERE! All over him, the potty, his clothes, the floor and sometimes even the carpet.

We never scold him or tell him that it is wrong because we want him to keep going potty by himself. Any ideas on how to get him to get us when he has a poopy diaper or to teach him to go poop on the potty.

And before some of you women out there freak out because a kid who is almost five is not potty trained. He is autistic and it has taken us over a year of hard core potty training just to get him this far.

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Asked by girlneffy at 5:30 PM on Oct. 17, 2008 in General Parenting

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  • Hi! I have a child who isn't autistic and doesn't really have the same problem, but a very similar one. She is constipated ALOT and doesn't like pooping in the potty. So what we do is every time she poops in the potty, she gets a hershey's kiss. I don't really know alot about autistic children, but maybe something like this will work for him as well. I wish you luck and hope this helps!

    Answer by mandystenger at 5:47 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

  • Although the big step of him going on his own is great, maybe you can teach him to tell you when he has to go, and that way you can check before he pulls down his pants. If there is a problem pooping while going potty, try having him sit to go instead of stand. Just a thought =)

    Answer by barrettboys at 6:47 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

  • Teach him to stop and check his own self for poop before going pee in the potty....just add it gradually into the directions you have already given him...and congrats to you for getting this far. I've worked with lots of children with autism and have potty trained them as late as 12 years old.

    Answer by Kimebs at 8:40 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

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