austim and potty training
I run a day care and have a degree in early childhood education and I have also worked with many special need kids ranging from austic to down syndrome. Rewards and Scheduels with help with the uneasyness of the potty for her. I take a calander and place it on the back of the bathroom door so that when a child is learning to potty train they are rewarded with stickers each time that they go to the potty on that day. After 20 stickers I reward them with a small prize (Target dollar section) Prior to trying I also watch the times that they do go potty in thier pants (diaper) and keep track I then make a Potty time chart with times that we have to go try its about 5-10 minutes prior to the time that I found they were wet. Depending on each child if you are in there or not some kids perfer to have thier privacy which is why some kids have trouble going #2 on the potty cause they have mom watching and they need privacy and some like mom to cheer them on for the first little bit. Its ok to let her sit till she does go so that way she feels it and knows how it feels to go in the potty. Also its ok to bring in a small book for the first few times so that way she relaxes and will go. Once she starts getting it thats when you are able to step back and she will get it. Like I said and you must know all to well if you keep things consistant than she will get it. Oh one last point with n austic child if you can avoid pull ups its better. It sends them mixed messages its underwear that you can pee in it has too much of a gray area for them and they need things outlined more black and white. Wish you all the luck on potty training with her. I also hope this helps.
Christina - posted on 11/19/2008
Good question! I have a 2 year old autistic son and will have to face that question someday. I hope you get many responses that I also can read and learn from. A good question is, what age is a good age to start potty training an autistic child? I had five other children, all trained by 2 years. This will be a challenge.
Mollie - posted on 11/19/2008
hi debra, our daughter's therapist worked with her with some dolls that went to the potty (she had two different ones) and it was very helpful for her to go into the bathroom with the same age and slightly older children. once she understood that this is something everyone has to do and not just some crazy idea from mom, she got it.
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