Need Potty Training Advice.

Jessica - posted on 07/09/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hi,
My son Liam is 4yrs old and has Autism. He has been potty training for 3 months now and doing really well. we were at the point that he only wore pull-ups at night to bed. About 3 weeks ago he was sick and had a bad bout of constipation and now he will not poop on the toilet. He poops in is undies, on my floor, but will not on the potty. I will sit him on it for 1/2 hr 45min and have to keep putting him back on when he gets off and he still wont go then as soon as he is let up he run into the other room and poops. I don't know what to do. I do have to say that the next week was his last week of preschool with his Fav. teacher and he was getting ready for summer school and we are packing at home to move so i know he is being thrown a lot of changes at once.
Have any of you been through this and figured a way out? even the candy when he poops is not working this time..
Thank you
Jessica Francis

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Melissa - posted on 07/11/2009

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I have an autistic son that is also 4. I started potty train at 2 ½ and at 3 ½ he finally got it. I would set him on the toilet 30 minutes and he would not go. I would help him off the toilet and he would go on the floor. It seemed like we were always in the bathroom. I know that each child is different, but videos helped us. He is a very visual learner. I played every potty video I could find, and he finally caught on. He now goes to the bathroom unassisted, sleeps without pull-ups and has not had an accident in several months. So hang in there don’t give up. He will get it! Juice while watching the videos helped too.

Kristen - posted on 07/11/2009

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Hang in there! Potty training autistic children is like taking 2 steps forward and then 1 back. When you have a few hours to really devote to working with him, feed your son corn or popcorn. This will help move things through the digestive system. Try singing a silly potty song when he sits on the potty and go crazy with attention when he does poop on the potty. You can also use a camping potty if running to the bathroom every few minutes doesn't work for your family.

Kirstin - posted on 07/09/2009

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All I know is with my son it was a control issue. I mean in the sense that he had control of something in his world and was reluctant to give it up. honestly I did not have any effect on his choice to potty train (other than providing info and technique)- when he was 4 1/2 we went on vacation to his grandparents, some place he feels very safe, and voila - he was potty trained. He still wears underjams but that is because bed wetting has been a serious problem for all male members of our family (uncles, grandfathers etc...).

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