Potty Training and Preschool

Elizabeth - posted on 05/03/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )




my son is starting preschool at age 3 in August. They require him to be completely potty trained to go to preschool. I work full time and so do my husband but because I work from home for a major bank company I cannot get financial help to get my son into a preschool the does not require him to be potty trained first. He is so proud of himself when he does go in the potty but he does not about once every two weeks. He has a massive speech delay as well as the possibility of being on the Autism spectrum. I have Tried the potty chart, the schedule of every two hours, regular underwear, and even stilling on the potty constantly for 4 hours with two breaks for snacks, nothing is moving him along the process. Does anyone have any suggestions? Oh and his therapist is the ones who want him in preschool asap as it will increase his development 10 fold.


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Shelly - posted on 05/11/2011




Is he going into a PUF program? My daughter is almost 3 and also going into PUF in the fall. She has autism spectrum disorder and they said they wanted us to start training her. If he is in that program they will help train him. So my suggestion is see what his program requires him to be. Maybe its like my daughters program and they just want him starting to train.

Heather - posted on 05/11/2011




My doctors have told me that being persistant and relaxing a bit on the potty training as with kids with speech delays can't tell us when they need to go that it maybe harder. my son is over 50 percent delayed in his expressive speech and the only thing i have found that has helped with potty training so far is an app called igo potty made by pull ups that i put on my ipod touch. they have it for the android phones or the iphones as well. its totally free.

Michelle - posted on 05/11/2011




If your son has speech delays and a possible autism spectrum disorder you should contact your local public school and ask about there preschool screening for special education. My son, now 6, has very similar issues and was not trained until a week before kindergarten started. However, he started attending preschool in our public school district as soon as he turned 3. The public schools are required to provide services starting at age 3. (We live in CA.) Most people don't know about the free screenings done by local districts and if your closest elementary school doesn't have the services you need they will put you in touch with who does. I hope this helps.

Vanessa - posted on 05/10/2011




i agree if your son as actually been diagnosed with a form of autism, then they should accept him, it may encourage him to use the toilet if he see's the other kids doing it at nursery, i suppect my son as some form of autism just need to see how i go about getting him checked as he only turned two in january, so they might not be interested in testing him at such a young age, they things differently in the uk

Aleah - posted on 05/10/2011




Because of your son's developmental delays, the preschool should make an exception and accept him, potty trained or not. Make an appointment to discuss this with the preschool director. Public schools accept all children, with or without disabilities, and this preschool should follow the same protocol. All schools should strive to do what is in the best interest of the child, and clearly, attending preschool is what will be best for your son. If the preschool won't budge, move on and find one that will. Good luck.

Kat - posted on 05/09/2011




I am with you on this with my daughter. She had a speech delay as well and her therpist want her in preschool this upcoming year and she'll be four in june and is still not trained... It is so hard because she's gone once and she just doesn't seem to want to be trained... It's also really hard because of her development issues she's not the easiest kid to explain stuff too... I feel your pain and I hope you find something that helps you out.

Victoria - posted on 05/09/2011




I cannot vouch for it but some circle of mums mums do, google toilet trained in 3 days. Im thinking of trying it myself. Ill let you know if i do, and would appreciate it if you give it a go to let me know how it went, thanks and goodluck

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