Backing Off Potty Training

Katie - posted on 12/09/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I just had an IEP meeting with my son's teacher. They are telling us to back off potty traing for 6 months. Ryan is 7 years old and just doesn't get it at all. He has spent a lot of time in the bathroom at school and missing out on learning the things he needs to learn. And he will just sit there for 10 -15 minutes and nothing, and soon as they get his pants on he goes. So,they told us they think stopping it for 6 months and then go back to it will help him. Has anyone done this? He will sit at home and nothing I would read sing to him and talk to him and nothing. He spents about 1 1/2 hours all together in the bathroom at school. Thanks

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Mary - posted on 12/23/2011

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Lots of Autisic Children and children with other developmental delay have significant challenges with potty training. We were not able to get there till 8 years old-and still have accidents. Need to try to re-frame things, and try to look at the priorities about what most important skill to for you child to learn/master. No one call make this decision but you-as you know your child best. If child is spending 1 1/2 hours a day in bathroom that is almost 7 hours a week of possible missed instructional time or over 28 hours a month. Is the need for potty training "critical" at this time or do you feel that for you child this is just as critical to work on the development of this important life skill? Is you child seemed to be bothered by having accidents or is the lack of potty training effecting them in any medical way-rash/infections? Again remember you set the priority for you child-and will know what is best. A consultation with you pediatrican or referral to a developmental pediatrican might also be helpful Sometime PT or OT service can provide support in working on potty training. Good luck, and hang in there.

Sharlene - posted on 12/09/2011

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Probably listen to his teacher and go and speak to his specialist or doctor to get there opinion.I know my son that's 8 yrs old it took him awhile to understand to sit on the toilet to do his bussiness and then we also did a break and then eventually he suprised us ,Hang in there it will happen .cheers

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