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Potty training

Posted by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 9:53 AM
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My son had his 2 and a half year check up yesterday. His pediatrician reccomended we start potty training.

My question is this: how can I get a non verbal child to potty train???
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Kellbel08
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 9:58 AM

I wrote this on another post. Maybe this could help your son. My daughter (4 y/o) as well had 0 interest in potty taining. Her teacher actually helped me with this idea... We made a short story book of Arianna doin step by step of using the potty. We took pictures of the potty, then her sitting on the potty, then her pulling up her pants, washing hands...ect. She is a visual learner so it really helped her seeing herself doing the steps. We also had a few words with each picture. "Ari is sitting on the potty ready to use it"..."Ari is washing her hands" We made it cute and let her decorate it. After being very consistant with using the potty and book She used the potty. It took about a month 1/2 but it was worth it! Nothing else worked. But this book def worked for us :)  She now ( 6 months later) uses the potty everyday and gets excited and says "good job" when she is done ;) 

JTMOM422
by Platinum Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Go to Autism Speaks there is good info for potty training children with Autism. My son is also 2 1/2 and the ABA says that he is not ready. He can't tell us when he has to go or if he has to go. She said maybe in a couple months when he has more words.

N.Carter2001
by Bronze Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Our son is 4and says a little but he still don't understand the potty.  His preschool don't even work with him cause he don't notice when he goes. I think it sensory but we don't know what to do. I just hope I get his 1year old potty trained cause he in early intervention and they pushing that already.  Then I hope maybe he will learn from his baby brother. 

edelweiss23
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 10:04 AM
Thank you!


Quoting Kellbel08:

I wrote this on another post. Maybe this could help your son. My daughter (4 y/o) as well had 0 interest in potty taining. Her teacher actually helped me with this idea... We made a short story book of Arianna doin step by step of using the potty. We took pictures of the potty, then her sitting on the potty, then her pulling up her pants, washing hands...ect. She is a visual learner so it really helped her seeing herself doing the steps. We also had a few words with each picture. "Ari is sitting on the potty ready to use it"..."Ari is washing her hands" We made it cute and let her decorate it. After being very consistant with using the potty and book She used the potty. It took about a month 1/2 but it was worth it! Nothing else worked. But this book def worked for us :)  She now ( 6 months later) uses the potty everyday and gets excited and says "good job" when she is done ;) 


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edelweiss23
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 10:04 AM
Thank you.
I know he isn't ready yet, but his dr is starting to push the issue!


Quoting JTMOM422:

Go to Autism Speaks there is good info for potty training children with Autism. My son is also 2 1/2 and the ABA says that he is not ready. He can't tell us when he has to go or if he has to go. She said maybe in a couple months when he has more words.


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JTMOM422
by Platinum Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 10:07 AM
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Unless your doctor is a specialist in the field of Autism I wouldn't worry too much about it. I think that family doctors and some pediatricians expect all kids to be able to reach certain milestones by certain ages. In reality our children don't always do that. 

edelweiss23
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 10:17 AM
That's what I am thinking.

My dad(another pediatrician at a different practice) suggested to get a kid potty and just see if he shows interest


Quoting JTMOM422:

Unless your doctor is a specialist in the field of Autism I wouldn't worry too much about it. I think that family doctors and some pediatricians expect all kids to be able to reach certain milestones by certain ages. In reality our children don't always do that. 


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JTMOM422
by Platinum Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 10:42 AM
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I agree with your dad. If there is interest then go for it. It never hurts. I randomly put my son on the toilet. Sometimes he goes and sometimes he doesn't. I was doing it more to see what his reaction to the toilet would be.

princess_1983
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 11:13 AM
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Get a pull up and cut a hole in it. Have him sit on a potty chair with the pull up on. Give him something to keep him busy and he will go without knowing it. Then give him lots of praise so he understands what he did. I am doing thing with my 5 year old.

kimber2465
by Member on Dec. 13, 2012 at 7:24 AM
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my daughter wasn't talking when i started with her. i would just take her every so often. i  do remember having a simple potty book. (she is 26 now).  

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