Potty training my 3 1/2 year old son with spastic diplegia.

Amber - posted on 11/29/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My son is 3 1/2 years old. He has spastic diplegia. He is not able to walk, he only hops around the house. He uses his wheelchair for mobility, and he is not able to get in and out of his chair by himself. He can stand if I put my hands under his arm pits, but I have to support him the majority of the time. I know he is able to control his bladder and bowels because when he needs to go pee he will let me know( only sometimes). What I do is carry him to the restroom and put him on the toilet where he is straddling it, and use my finger to push his penis down. While doing that I have to hold him on the toilet with my other arm. I was wondering is there an easier way to do this? I feel like he would want to use the restroom on the potty more if I didn't have to hold him, and if he felt more independent, but he will definitely not go poop on the potty, and again I think it may be because I am there holding him. Any suggestions? His cerebral palsy affects his legs 100% and his arms 10%. He can hold his head up just fine and can basically use his arms normally, its just fine gross motor skills are a bit difficult to accomplish.

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Kassandra - posted on 02/18/2013

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My son also has the same thing. He does function with out a wheel chair though. But I bought those small kid potties and he does a lot better with that. He kinda flops omit then scoots back and I have him put his penis down an close his legs. But it's a lot easier then trying it on a big potty!

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