Toilet training a non-verbal child

Amy - posted on 05/29/2017 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any tips or tricks to potty training your non-verbal child? My son with autism is 3 years old and I want to start getting him used to the potty. We have had a few instances recently where is reaches in his diaper and ends up peeing everywhere or he just takes his diaper off when he's at home with no shorts or pants on. Currently, he does not let me know when he has a wet diaper. I don't want to force potty training too early, but it would be wonderful to start potty training him!

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Martha - posted on 07/05/2017

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Limit his drinks in the evening, definitely nothing with caffeine because that is the worst thing for bed wetting, and yes he will pee on the bed a couple of time, but don't use pull ups, the only thing pull ups are good for was teaching my boy to hold his poop all day long so he could poop in them when he hot them on, take him to the bathroom every 45 minutes all day long for the first week and then if he poops in his pants make him sit on the toilet for 5 minutes, get an egg timer, and I understand getting an autistic boy to sit on the toilet for 5 minutes is harder then most people know, just stick with it, I am proud of you

Martha - posted on 07/05/2017

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My little boy is 5 and can only repeat words after you, the best thing that I did for him was potty train him at 3, I wish I would have started it at 2. Dive right in no more diapers or pull up, and yes it will take a good two full months, autistic kids are generally harder to train. If you work like I do a full time job it is hard, but you need to take at least two weeks off to he home with him and then make sure you have someone that can keep it up after you go back to work. Yes you will go threw 2 rolls of paper towels a day, you open a toy and find poop in it or on his hand this is going to be two months torcher but it will be alot easier now then trying to fight a 6 year old like some of my friends are doing to get them potty train. Don't worry about the carpet, don't worry about the walls, and don't buy potty bracelets or stickers they don't work, I done it all, just stick with it you can do it and I am proud of you

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