Potty Training and Special Needs

Lynne - posted on 02/16/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son is 8 (since Jan) and has severe developmental delays, undiagnosed. We continue to go to Dr.'s and add to the list of everything he doesn't have, and life goes on. We have been working on potty training for over a year now. I am very well trained. I take him on a regular schedule and he does fine. Same at school. But if I miss a time or get behind he just wets his pants (pull-up). It is like he just can't be bothered. And he doesn't seem to mind being wet. Actually, I believe one of his symptoms is that he doesn't feel things as much as we do. So he doesn't really notice he's wet. He also falls, scrapres, brusies and plays with ants and says, "Ow". Then he is off again. Unless I can catch him. There is definitely never a dull moment. We have been cheering him on when he does go potty and stays dry. We play that up a lot. If he wets, then he loses a priviledge (outside or TV), but we try not to make a big deal of it. He thinks negetive attention is pretty amusing and will repeat it for the reaction. Sooooo, any advise out there? Techniques that have worked? I would love to hear about them. Thanx in advance.

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Is there a time when you can put him in regular underware? My typical child had trouble with the pull-ups, they are too much like a diaper. So with our kids that have sensory problems, especially with undersensativity, it's twice as hard. See if you have an extended time in which you can keep him in regular underware and see if the wetness bothers him then.

Sara - posted on 09/24/2010

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do you think it may be a problem? I have a 3yr old son whom will use the toilette and hold himself while he urinates, thats why i found it somewhat strange as to why hes afraid of it and says it doesnt belong there?

Lynne - posted on 09/22/2010

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Thanx for the comments. Nice to know there is hope out there. Still working on training. Found a watch with 5 alarms. Hoping to get him to the point that when the alarm goes off, he'll head to the bathroom. Just started this week. He covers his ears when the alarm goes off. and it is not loud at all.

Sara - my advice is if he won't touch his penis, have him sit. I have't even thought about having my son stand to potty. Sit, scoochie back, open legs, lean forward. No one has to touch it.

Sara - posted on 09/20/2010

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What should I do my seven year old nephew is afraid of his penis. HE will not touch hold it when using the toilet and urinates all over he says he's afraid to touch it and is now 7years old. HELP!!!!

Darlene - posted on 02/26/2009

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Hi,



My daughter who is 23 at the moment has developmental delays.  She does use the toilet by herself.  It was a real rough road to get to this point.  The only suggestion I can give is to keep doing what you are doing.  Mentally my daughter is around 5-6yrs old.  I was able to get her potty trained by the time she was 8yrs old but that was with a lot of work between myself and the school.  At the time she was going to school they didn't have pull ups so I would have to put a diaper on her for the bus ride to and from school.  She would then be fine once in school and back at home.  Just keep up what you are doing and hopefully some day your children will get the hang of it.

Cherish - posted on 02/16/2009

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Hi,

My son is the same way!!

He will be 7 in june and stays dry as long as school and I take him to the toilet.

We are potty trained....lol

I do not know what to do,all the therapists tell me to keep it up and someday he will be more trained than I am,but who knows!

My son has severe delays as well.

Maybe a typical 2-4 yr old does this when they are potty training,so maybe they will catch up in time?

One can only hope!

I have friends that have 13 yr olds that are not using the toilet,so I guess we can look at the bright side,that they are @ least trying :)

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