potty training a dev delayed 7 year old

Shannon - posted on 06/18/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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this momma needs help! my son is 7 and is developmentally delayed. between 18 months to 3 years intelectually. he shows NO interest in potty training but his body need a break from the pull ups. I have tried everything i can think of. any ideas will be greatly appreciated.

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Faye - posted on 06/19/2012

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I set a timer with my two year old as a reminder to him. In this instance it would be a reminder to you.

Start the timer in small time frames and IF there is consistant sucess after about a month or two, I would move the timer to the next time frame (start at 30 mintues and then move it to 45 mintues). Again only as a reminder to you not the child.

As a young child my parents had friends whose youngest had been premature and also had other issues as well. I think until he died from his complications, he wore diaper style undies, (pre-depends). I think he was about 19 when he passed away. It wore on that mom's nerves as well but there was nothing that could be done about it as he was wheelchair bound.

Good luck!

Cherish - posted on 06/19/2012

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Hi,
I have the same problem with my 10 year old.Is your son verbal?
My son is not verbal,but what we do(and they do it at school as well) is we keep him in underwear and take him to the toilet every 30 min,and when he does go we make a big deal,like "hooray!" "good job" and he thinks that is funny.
Does he sometimes wear pull ups?YES
Does he have MANY accidents if I forget to take him?YES

It is alot of work,and I am sometimes not great at doing it consistently.
The DR has been of no help re potty training.
Is your son scared of the toilet?Has he ever gone on one?Have you tried a potty chair?(I do not like potty chairs b/c my son will quickly try to play w/what is in there..gross..lol)

Shannon - posted on 06/19/2012

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i agree with you. His Dr says he will potty train when he's ready. but that doesn't sit well with me. i don't know why he has no desire to even try. it is frusterating

Faye - posted on 06/18/2012

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My first thought is to get rid of the pull ups! The problem being his developement. Maybe talk with his dr to see what they recommend. Is the school helping you with the training process? If so they may have some ideas as well.

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