Potty training

Lynn - posted on 10/24/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Hi would love some hints to help with my 4 yr old who is still in diapers under diagnosis verbal and fully understands the potty and that he is supposed to use it and that babies wear diapers but has elevated sensory issues and just wont stay on the toilet.. cant be bribed or gamed into it . has grown to be comfortable with his diaper unless it is really full he will tell me to change him or just take it off himself if its pee. when we were not so busy in summer i left him just in underwear it didn t help his aversion. i used to have alittle potty but threw it out .i ve been thinking about getting a new one and putting one in every room. ANY advice is welcome .I have spoiled him but i have to step up to the potty now so to speak !

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Jennifer - posted on 03/01/2014

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my son is 4 yrs and he knows when I say lets go potty or peepee, he can sit there and sometimes will go but when Im doing the potty training I can only get at least 4hours with him til he gets fussy. But my son gets aba at home and was scared of the restroom like the flush and toilet sit it self but now Ive learned that he likes to hold it and wont go to the bathroom and once I put his pull up back on after 4 hours he finally goes in it. so that tells me he is understanding that if he holds it he don't have to use the potty. so this is were Im stuck.

Samantha - posted on 03/05/2012

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my son is 17 now was in pads till 11 or so and still soils and wet himself on occation. the school put in place a totileting regime of every 15 mins on to the toilet to begin with. and pads at night. its hard no matter what there level of understanding is. "they" dont get concern with "normal" boys in diapers till 4ish so a special needs one could be a couple yrs on that i would think.

Terrie - posted on 05/17/2011

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Well, I must have the oldest child here that is not completely toilet trained. He is eleven years old and will still have accidents daily. The problem is he will go at school but not at home. I don't know why he is this way. He is in underpants and only a pull-up at night. So I don't guess I will be much of a help. I will say this and that is the only way I got my son going at all was to reward him. I had his favorite snack. He still want wipe himself, but then he has something wrong with his hands that make it hard for him to wipe. Good luck with your child and just know that this is common with Autistic children. You are not the only one out there dealing with potty issues and some Autistic children take a lot longer than others. I just posted this question within another question I had. I I read down further I would have just read all these comments.



Terrie

Casey - posted on 03/17/2011

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my daughter wasnt ready for panties till she was five then that morning she was like i am ready and did not mind them

Tammi - posted on 03/01/2011

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I am glad you posted this.My son will be 4 in May and I am starting the potty training too.His in home therapist are introducing him to the bathroom by having him touch the toilet seat then put it down and lift it up and flush.Also the other thing they are doing in the bathroom is teaching him to pull his own pants down and pull them up.During therapy they are handing him the underwear that he will be wearing soon.The senior therapist also suggested that after changing his diaper try to leave him with just his pants on and see how he feels about being without his diaper.We shall see if it works but thought I would share.Good luck to the both of us

Liz - posted on 01/11/2011

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My son will pee in the toilet with no problem but purposely holds his poop so he won't have to sit on the toilet. Or is it something else? Any thoughts?

Michelle - posted on 12/10/2010

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Hi the best advice that I have read for potty training for autistic kids is to totally get rid of diapers except for night time. Put real underwear on them during the day and deal with the messes. They have to learn to recognize the uncomfortable wetness & stuff when it happens. They also have to realize that their friend diapers are gone. We are trying to potty train our 3yr daughter(autistic) too and everything that I have read leads to this method for them. Use underpants and a waterproof cover but they have to feel uncomfortable to get it. Also what I have read it that they pick it up pretty quickly one article called it the naked $75 method (the $75 is for cleaning supplies LOL)
Good Luck and know others are in the same boat with you
Hope this helped...

Tanya - posted on 11/05/2010

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Hi! My son was recently diagnosed w/ autism and when we saw the ped spec, I addressed this concern w/ her. My son will pee in the toilet but refuses to poop in it. Before the diagnosis, he would get a diaper and put it on himself to poop. Then we started hiding the diaper, hoping that would push him to use the toilet. He would just poop in his pants. After he was diagnosed, I learned that this was associated with autism. The spec suggested that when he pooped in the diaper, dump the contents into the toilet w/ him watching. Then have him sit down. Then to start cutting a small hole in the bottom of the diaper and gradually make the diaper hole bigger and bigger as time progresses until only the waist is held together. So far, for us, it's still a work in progress. When we started off, we had bought a musical potty chair, no luck. We then bought a toilet insert, no luck. We put a stool below the toilet bowl to plant his feet on, but nothing. I had recently talked to another mom whose son is autistic and she said he still poops himself occasionally but it had gotten better. We're still trying! Good luck!

Lynn - posted on 10/31/2010

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Thank-you all ......yet this has all been tried.....i think i might have to do what i read about once is a weekend camp out in the bathroom everything food snacks tv gotta get my self ready he is a stubborn prince !

Heather - posted on 10/30/2010

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my daughter for one doesn't like to be dirty she demands a bath everyday she says shes dirty so like most autistic children they don't like the feeling of being wet or soiled

Heather - posted on 10/30/2010

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another suggestion start just putting him in underwear
and once he gets tired of the feel of the wetness etc it will turn around

Heather - posted on 10/30/2010

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i used reverse psychology on my 5 yr old and she was overnite potty
kept telling her well only babies use diapers not big girls just a suggestion but never ever force them they will come to do it on their own believe me
it was a very long and hard road for me my daughter just turned 5 in august and potty trained a month ago thankfully

Heather - posted on 10/25/2010

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Hi Lynn,

Have you tried a "character" potty seat (that fits inside the toliet seat)? Like "Diego"? If you find one that your son likes, he might be more interested in sitting. It worked for my son who has a PDD-NOS diagnosis. Good luck! All the best! :) Heather

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