My 4 1/2 year old has minor cerebral palsy. we can't get past the potty training. any advice??

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Kim - posted on 10/22/2012

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Hello. My son Tyler has minor cp as well and potty training was very frustrating. Patience is key! Everyone says it will just click one day and it will. For my son, his fear was being comfortable and balanced. We got a potty seat with side handles that he could hold on. It really helped. We also did a "sticker" chart in the bathroom so he could be proud of progress and I'm not ashamed to admit, but I gave out rewards. Be patient and good luck.

Caroline - posted on 07/04/2012

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Maghan - posted on 11/04/2009

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My twin has developmental coordination disorder, its almost the same thing and he had just turned 5 when he was completley potty trained. Persistance was the key, I would take him every 30 mins, then every hour to the potty. Then we he was peeing in the potty we put him in underwear. It wasnt easy because he would hold it in and get constipated. The doctor had me put him on miralax and then within 2 weeks of a few accidents and him realizing that he didnt like it he got it! I had to use a potty ring on the toliet because he has trouble holding himself up, and the little potty chairs are hard to get on and off of being so small. We used a wide based step stool also. And he still needs help wiping but he got over the hurdle! Hes almost 6 now. I know it seems as if the day will never come but be supportive yet firm about what you expect from your child.

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