How do I potty training a child with a disability?

Amy - posted on 07/26/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I want to potty train my almost 4 year old daughter, however I have been told that she has a disability that has made it that she is only at the development stage of a 1.5 year old. My question is how do I potty train her? She will sit on the potty and go pee, but then she will also pee in her pull up or underwear even though she has gone on the potty.

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Sarah - posted on 07/27/2012

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Hi!
Don't know if this is helpful or not - but I potty trained LOTS of kids as a day care teacher, and it just takes a lot of TIME - even for kids without a disability.

We just started trying with my almost 2 yr old and she really loves baby signing time. I know they have a cool video using sign language (as opposed to just using an Elmo potty video). Maybe signing would help. We have a 4 yr old boy that's extremely bright, but had major speech problems. He really didn't talk before 3 - 3 1/2. Signing made him a happy boy who could communicate what his mouth wouldn't.

They also make a watch that goes off every 1/2 hr or whatever you set it to - to remind them to go then. It comes in some of the pull up packages.

www.signingtime.com

Hope that helps! Good luck!

MommieandMe - posted on 07/26/2012

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Help MOMMIE's , please we need your tips and ideas....Potty training a child with a disability?

MommieandMe - posted on 07/26/2012

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Hi Amy,
I was reading your post and I know it's hard. I am too in your situation my son is 3 yrs old and he's in the dev stage of 1.5 and autistic. I've been working on potty training him since he was 1 yr old and I still haven't accomplished anything he says it all the time potty but I don't think it's registering in his little mind what potty really means when it's time to go and sit there. I guess at this point we just have to be wonderful patient parents and keep trying. I have 1 suggestion u can try if you think it might be worth a shot. I'm going to try that potty dance dvd putting it on everyday maybe every hour and a half. He loves music so I'm going to give that a try . I wish you luck mommie, stay strong.

Dove - posted on 07/26/2012

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Patience and understanding. If she's at the developmental stage of a 1.5 year old... you shouldn't expect success for a while, but there's nothing wrong with giving it a try. Patience is key though. Maybe make a 'potty schedule' that seems to coincide with her body's natural rhythm... I'd also keep the pull ups for a while.

Hang in there! I have a friend who's son is severely autistic and she was told he would never potty train. She had him potty trained at 8, but as a teenager he still has frequent bowel issues... Without a ton of patience she would've lost her mind years ago! ;)

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