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My 4 year old knows her letters, shapes, colors & numbers. But its a struggle potty training her, is she autistic?

My 4 year old knows her letters, shapes, colors & numbers. But its a struggle potty training her, is she autistic?

Autistic Spectrum : Disorder = qualitative impairments in social communication & reciprocal social interaction + stereotyped movements &/or narrow, repetitive areas of interest. The Sally-Ann test of false belief screens for ASD at 4; firstsigns.org. has more screens.Call your school district's Child Find Team to test her development & for ASD. If her self-help/adaptive delay is isolated, it's probably behavioral. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more


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3.9 year old with autism seems ready for potty training but won't sit on potty long enough. Is the iPotty (potty with iPad stand) a good idea for him?

Do you really want : to pair those behaviors? Once you do, transition to a regular toilet is going to be tough! Use his developmental, not chronological, age, for readiness: Can he stay dry for 2 hrs., walk from room to room, recognize the urge to go, use a word to say so (e.g., potty) & pull his pants up & down? If so, use a Little Looster stool & read " Steps to Independence" by Baker, ~$30 on Amazon.com. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my kid is autism he's going to 4 yrs old with ppd-nos!!!! question about potty training!?

What do you suggest if my kid is autism he's going to 4 yrs old with ppd-nos!!!! question about potty training!?

Train them: Most studies suggest that when the diapers are removed, autistic children will gravitate towards toileting with similar techniques to what other children may require. ...Read more

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I have a two year old boy im potty training him but he freaks out he doesn't want to take off the diaper?

I have a two year old boy im potty training him but he freaks out he doesn't want to take off the diaper?

Too early?: Parents are highly motivated to toilet train their children ( less mess, less expense). Unfortunately, toddlers frequently are not ready as soon as the parents would like. Boys in particular are later to be ready for this training. I do not think that your son is ready for toilet training developmentally, and would recommend waiting until he is older. ...Read more

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Potty training 3yo boy will not poop. Will hold it for 24+hrs. Suggestions?

Potty training 3yo boy will not poop. Will hold it for 24+hrs. Suggestions?

Let him decide: Only 75% of kids are neurologically ready to be potty trained at 3. If he's ready and you offer an incentive, assistance as needed and let him decide when to go, you just might get there without so many tears. ...Read more

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Can you advise for potty training my babies?

Can you advise for potty training my babies?

Be patient: Babies have different responses to potty training. Some are so self sufficient, independent, that they will resist anything that is n ot their idea. Others will allow you to provide direction and comply with your requests. Methods will vary depending of the personality of the child. Try not to make a big issue of it, set an example, reward successful use of the potty, do not punish failure. A great resource is a DVD called Baby Songs by Hap Palmer, the vignette “today I took my diapers off” motivates many an independent minded child to take charge of the process. Available online at Babysongs.com, the original one. ...Read more

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Is 18 months to 2 years too early for potty training, or can we start now?

Is 18 months to 2 years too early for potty training, or can we start now?

When Ready: Many people have many indicators for readiness. The best sign I have seen is when the child wants changed every time they are wet, they generally can be trained in 2 wks. Although there is no real research, this seems to work. ...Read more

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I tried potty training for my 23 months toddler but my trials failed. When should I start trying again?

I tried potty training for my 23 months toddler but my trials failed. When should I start trying again?

Wait until ready: He/she may not be developmentally ready for potty training yet. Children need some core skills in order to potty train easily: able to say, 'i need to go potty' or the like, able to pull down/back up pants independently, wakes up dry in the morning. Without these skills it will be more difficult, so waiting is best. Most children potty train between 2 and 4, so there is a broad range of normal. ...Read more

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Whats the normal age to start potty training my son? He's 19months old now and i feel like he should be potty trained?

Whats the normal age to start potty training my son? He's 19months old now and i feel like he should be potty trained?

Around 2: Most kids train around their second birthday. However, with any developmental milestone, age varies from child to child. You should not "expect" him to be trained by now, nor can he sing the national anthem yet. But he may be showing signs of interest, and then it's ok to start working with him. Many toddlers show some initial interest and then back away. Be patient and work with them, not against. ...Read more

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I'm potty training my daughter. If i read books to my daughter on the potty, will that distract her from what she is supposed to be doing?

On the contrary!: Sounds like both of you are having fun with potty time! please continue what your doing ! potty time should be a relaxing time! multitasking this early never hurt anybody! you are doing great ! barney books always get the job done ;). ...Read more

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My 3 yo was potty training great until we went away and weren't consistent. He was afraid of self flushing toilets. Now he is resistant to toilet.

My 3 yo was potty training great until we went away and weren't consistent.  He was afraid of self flushing toilets. Now he is resistant to toilet.

Put him back in : pull-ups without discussing the issue unless he brings it up, then affirm that those public potties scared him a little, but that he chooses when the potties at home, preschool, etc. flush. Put small, safe toys in a glass bowl on top of the fridge. When he asks what they're for, the say, " Oh, they're for when you choose to pee-pee & poo-poo in the potty." Being casual is key. ...Read more

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I am potty training my 3 year old who has a strong personality.The only method that has worked is by having her naked. She still bed wets. Any advice?

Put her clothes on: If you have done rehearsal & she knows where the stuff is the best thing you can do is become her assistant, not her drill sergeant. A strong willed child must first understand when she gets the feeling she needs to go, & feel happy she is responding to that need.Telling her no more than twice a day that you will help is crucial. You can provide incentives for doing big girl things but relax. ...Read more

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My daughter is finally potty training and she says she thinks she went or don't know if she went cuz she don't feel it. What could this be caused from?

My daughter is finally potty training and she says she thinks she went or don't know if she went cuz she don't feel it. What could this be caused from?

Monitored: Your child is young enough that her excursions to the bathroom should be monitored so you are aware of her health. She's learning, so may not know how to interpret her body signals. ...Read more

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My 5yr old is finally potty training & don't know if she goes and she says she can't feel herself go she has always been like this what could cause this?

My 5yr old is finally potty training & don't know if she goes and she says she can't feel herself go she has always been like this what could cause this?

Caudal regression: syndrome, in which parts of the lower half of the body do not develop properly, is rare, but less rare in infants of diabetic mothers. If the lower spine & sacrum (pelvic bone) are malformed or the sacrum is absent, problems controlling bowel and bladder can occur. Ask her pediatrician to look for physical findings, then (s)he'll order X-rays or MRI & make appropriate referrals, if CRS is present. ...Read more

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What age is good fot potty training?

What age is good fot potty training?

Depends on the child: Most kids get interested in the potty around 18 mo. & train by 2 yrs. If their parents start taking them along every time the parents use the toilet. Put the kiddy potty on the bathroom floor so that your child can sit on it while you use the regular one. Start your child with clothes on;after a few days, go to just diaper, then, when your child's ready, to bare-bottom. Lots of praise & rewards help! ...Read more

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What is a good age for potty training?

Depends: This depends on your child but generally you can start at 2-3 years of age. Some children will not be willing to start this early and you do not want to force the issue. ...Read more

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Whens a good age to start potty training?

Whens a good age to start potty training?

Varies by child : Varies by each child and his/her readiness to begin potty training, but typically between 2-3 years of age. View the following links for additional information: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/in-depth/potty-training/art-20045230. And: http://www.babycenter.com/potty-training ...Read more

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What is a good age to start potty training?

22-30 months old: The answer really is, "when your child is ready"... But for a more concrete response, the typical age is between 22 and 30 months. A good reference for further reading on toilet training your child can be found at: http://www.Webmd.Com/parenting/tc/toilet-training-topic-overview. ...Read more

Dr. Allyson Pizzo-Berkey
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