Potty training children with no communication skills

Amy - posted on 05/22/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have two children that I believe are ready for potty training one is almost 4 the other almost 3. the oldest is a boy the younger a girl. They both show most of the signs for being ready, however neither one talks really and while they can learn and repeat sign language they seem to have no ability to initiate communication, i.e. they will not ask for food, a drink, a toy or the potty. Any ideas on how to get them to communicate this need to me? otherwise I feel like I spend half the day taking them to the potty every 30-40 minutes to stay for like 10 mins and still almost always miss getting them in there at the right time.

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Erin - posted on 05/23/2010

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You could talk to a speech therapist or an early childhood specialist. I think they would probably have some great ideas about how to get them use the bathroom and also how to get them to communicate more. You could try using pictures and having them point to picture when you give them choices and encourage them to point to which choice they want. It could help make sure they undertand what you are asking and also give them another way to communicate.

Amy - posted on 05/23/2010

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Unfortunately no they will not say yes or no if I ask them if they want something. It is actually alot like living with a parrot with my oldest he will just repeat the last word I say. So when I ask if he needs to go potty he just says potty but will do so every time I ask whether he needs to or not.I can sometimes tell right after they have wet themselves, but not every time, they are very inconsistent about their behaviors like that.

Marie - posted on 05/23/2010

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hi, seems like you have your hands full. I have a question, if you were to ask them if she/he wanted an apple, would they say yes (since you say they don't demand) . If so you could ask if they need potty. And do you know when they are 'peeing' in their pants? Like when they stop and stare or bends down slightly, or grab their underpants... cause you could associate the action, peeing, with the sign potty then bring them so they can try to hold it in until next time... My little one was taught sign language around 1 year old hes now 15 months and uses about 10... but has no dev. delays, just wanted to teach sign language as a tool to communicate needs and wants early in life, since my partner and I speak different languages.Good luck girl!

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