Potty Training and HE WON'T GO ALL DAY

Joanna - posted on 06/02/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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We're on day 5 of potty training our 3.5 year old. We had mixed success at home over the weekend but now he's at school all day and he literally won't go all day (from 8am to 5pm). He doesn't go in the car, is non-verbal so doesn't complain but will go when I get him home and on (and off) the potty. I worry about him holding it all. I took the only potty he will use to school (in-home daycare) and his reward chart and stickers and viewmaster reels (rewards). They take him to the potty every 30 mins but he resists going, even during the long daily nap. Am amazed by his control but very worried about him torturing himself like this. Anyone have similiar experience??

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Sara - posted on 06/19/2010

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My son went through this a couple of months ago, and we're still working on pooping in the potty...After a torturous weekend "potty party," 36 hours of living in the bathroom and no success peeing in the potty, I was worried about his bladder (one day he held it for 18 hours). We ended up having to try standing to pee, having Daddy model, using Picture Exchange Cards (PECS), tracking his normal pee times, increasing his liquids. He finally got it! Here's our story and some helpful tips: http://www.findingjackson.com/127/succes...

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I'm glad things have clicked for him! We went through exactly the same thing. It took about 2 years to even get ds to sit on the trainer potty then months to sit on a potty seat. Now, FINALLY, things have clicked for him. I took out some old cloth diapers that piqued his interest. I explained that those were baby diapers and that yes, Pull-Ups and Underjams are diapers too, underpants and pottying finally made sense to him. He had one wee-wee accident and is now fully day trained for #1 (after just a few days in underwear). We're still working on the #2, but he has only had one accident. He even went #1 at the grocery store yesterday, which was a huge huge event.

Suzana - posted on 06/17/2010

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persistance is the key,my son was exactly the same and it took me six months to toilet train him,use heaps of praise and rewards,make a really big deal out of it,he will get their,just may take some time-hang in their

Joanna - posted on 06/16/2010

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Thanks all, am happy to report that he is doing AMAZINGLY well now. He can actually be left alone, pull his own pants down, go (cheer for himself), put pants back on and dump it out in the toilet! Unless of course he's busy playing outside then he just goes... oh well, we'll work on that part. But glad to report that it clicked for him and he's on his way to full-time underpants!

Ilene - posted on 06/11/2010

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We are training my daughter right now (age 3yr4mo, dx. severe autism). She initiated this. Urine, trained quickly. BM, not so much. Right now, she's able to go approximately 48 hours.

The technique we (and her school) used was Foxx/Azrin (http://www.nationalautismresources.com/a...). She was fluid overloaded for a few days and taken regularly. She wasn't able to hold it.

BM, like I said, we're still working on.

Good luck!

Jane - posted on 06/11/2010

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Yes. When son 4 was training, he wouldn't go until we put his diaper back on for night. I ended up just making him sit till he went. Then getting up became the reward. I didn't know what else to do, we had no diagnosis at the time, and I was really worried about the boy's kidneys!

Joanna - posted on 06/03/2010

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So he went yesterday! Finally in the afternoon he did it on the potty at school. And then he went again this morning, but not on the potty, had an accident. But I think he's getting it more. I actually prefer the occasional accident to the all day holding... that just seems so cruel to do to yourself!

Alice - posted on 06/03/2010

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My twins with autism can wait up to 17 hours!! I think backing off is a good idea. They shouldn't take him so often because it'll turn into a big power struggle. Maybe just a couple of times, and act like it's no big deal.

Good luck! We are still working on it.

Judi - posted on 06/02/2010

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Yep, had that problem, My son grew to HATE the toilet question and then got upset if he couldn't go so he just stopped, then after about 6 hours holding on would go at home on the floor if it was only me around. so I gave it a break. It's ok to stop and start potty training. It's easier once your both ready. You know that your son can hold on so maybe change to every 2 hours.

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