Potty for the Deaf

Adriana - posted on 07/14/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I have 23 month old and she's deaf but has a cochlear implant, so she's been hearing for some months now. My question is how do I potty train her? I don't know exactly what all she understands yet so do I wait a little while longer? or What?

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User - posted on 03/28/2013

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need help and ideas how to potty train a 5 year old boy with coclear implants. At home he will stand up and pee but in the school system they are afraid that since he doesnt have the bowl movement down that standing up isnt the way they should do it. So they have been making him sit down and the sucess at school as been limited. THey are telling me that this is normal for deaf children to sit until they are totally potty trainined. I worry about the gender issues. Its not bad enough that he doesnt have a male rolemodel in the house but now they are doing this. Can anyone give me any insite on this matter?

Katherine - posted on 07/14/2011

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Also when you sign, say the word. Don't just sign it. That will help with her language skills too. She will be fluent in ASL AND be talking in no time.

Adriana - posted on 07/14/2011

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I've never thought about it like that but that's a motivator, I would love to have a bond like that.

Charleen - posted on 07/14/2011

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and I am happy you are learning sign language most parents of deaf children dont bother learning sign language I have always wanted to learn becuase in my right ear i only have 80 percent hearing in it and literally people who talk to me on that side get huh what did you say because it sounds like they are muffled so I really would learn it and then you will be her hero becuase then if she is having a bad day at school or likes a boy when she is older and doesnt want them to know she can talk to you in sign and you will have a special relationship that no one else can be let into you know

Charleen - posted on 07/14/2011

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If she uses it as a chair i would buy another one that is different from the one you have or she will always relate it to a chair I learned that with my son so let her pick one that isnt the one she has. but I really would reccomend learning and teaching signs to her along with speaking them it will benefit her a lot more if she knows both fluently becuase god forbid if her implant fails one day she will be limited in communication and if she doesnt know how to lip read or sign she will be without communication as far as understanding so I would really recommend to teach both spoken and sign at the same time like sign mommy and say mommy make sure she is looking at both

Adriana - posted on 07/14/2011

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I most defiantly will, wouldn't won't her to feel less of what she actually is.

Adriana - posted on 07/14/2011

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Thank you!!!! Yeah I'm learning sign language but her therapist wants her to focus more on spoken language first so she doesn't know a lot of signs just the basics mom, dad, no etc., but that helped I didn't know how to make her understand that she is supposed to actually poop and pee in the pot, she just uses it as a chair. I'll start her on it today!

Charleen - posted on 07/14/2011

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oh and just because she is deaf doesnt mean to treat her different she needs to do things if able to like "normal" children do. My friend wasnt treated well as a child because she was deaf she wasnt allowed to do sports or anything so allow her to do what she wishes it will help her learn to be independent and not accept discrimination when she gets older

Charleen - posted on 07/14/2011

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I would suggest signing to her if she knows sign language. if not then look up how to sign and then whatever word you would like to learn how to sign and there will be a website that will teach you. you can also talk to her normally while her back is turned to you and if she listens or hears you a little bit she will turn around or what you could do is sign toilet which is you stick your thumb in between your pointer and middle finger and ball it up (similar to got your nose game) and wave it and say potty to her make sure she sees the sign and your lips then take her to her potty and place her on it. then point in a nice way and sign potty again. and then clap for her when she sits on it. have her go potty with you and sign mommy which is your hand with your thumb pointing to your chin and then say potty and then let her look in there and see the pee or poo so she knows that something can happen. or you can just take her every 15-20 minutes and take her diaper off and sign potty and again say it and then sit her on there and say go potty while signing potty she will catch on. and as far as what she still doesnt understand have her look at your lips and try different tones and pitches of voice to see if she responds like if you hear this clap but if you dont know sign language and your daughter should learn it just in case the implant fails at one point or another here is a website that helps me communicate with my friends http://lifeprint.com/dictionary.htm
i hope this helps

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