Potty training a child that does not speak...

Ilse - posted on 03/25/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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does anybody have advice on how to potty train a child that does not talk ... ?

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Erin - posted on 03/26/2010

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I don't have any experience on the subject but have you tried sign language? I know she can hear just not speak. However, maybe if you and her learned a few signs she would be able to communicate to you when she needs to go through signing. Kids at this age are so smart they pick it up quickly. Good luck

Lady - posted on 03/26/2010

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Hi there Ilse, so sorry to hear about the troubles your daughter has had. But I'll bet even if she doesn't use words there are plenty other ways she can comunicate what it is she wants from you! As for potty training I think it's more important that she is understands you. which again doesn't necceserily have to be with words. Firstly I would introduce the potty to her - I have always found the chair type ones to be best - just have it around in the place she spends most of her time and let her play with it for a while. Later after a nappy change try and get her to sit on it for a while without her nappy on. if she doesn't want to at first don't push it just try again another time. You can explain what you want her to do and eventually she will get the message. Once she start to use the potty you could give her a little treat each time like a sticker to put on a chart and if she gets enough she could choose a slightly bigger treat like some pretty hair clasps or something. The biggest key in potty training is not to try and rush it and try and not get upset or stressed or disheatened. ALL children do get potty trained eventually - do you know any school kids still in nappies? - some just take longer than others. I hope this has helped a little if you have any more questions feel free to ask, Good luck Gx

Ilse - posted on 03/26/2010

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Hi Gillian - Madison is 3 (almost 3 and a half) she has had loads of operations and has a fear of talking ... every time she started talking she ended up in hospital and castings so JA ... no speech. She does understand (when she wants to)... She is very bright ... we are just really not sure how to approach the entire situation - all my friends always told me that they need to be able to tell you that they are wanting to go to the loo? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Regards Ilse

Lady - posted on 03/26/2010

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How old is the child - does he/she understand what you are saying to them?

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