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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. John Landi
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Terrible Twos (Definition)

The terrible twos is a condition meaning a child (usually about 2 years old) is frequently being stubborn ...Read more


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How can I get my almost 4 year old, PDD nos son potty trained?

How can I get my almost 4 year old, PDD nos son potty trained?

Buy & read : To independence." if he says/ signs pee-pee, poo-poo & potty, " pulls his pants up & down, walks from room to room & feels a full bladder/rectum, calmly sit him on the potty whenever he squats & 15 minutes after dinner every night for 15 minutes. Prop his feet on a little looster, knees slightly flexed, & let him blow bubbles. "signing time's " rachel & elmo ipad apps can "call" as a reward. ...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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My 5 yo son has been potty trained for 2 yrs. Since I started potty training my 3yo son, the 5 yo has started having BM and pee accidents. Attention?

My 5 yo son has been potty trained for 2 yrs. Since I started potty training my 3yo son, the 5 yo has started having BM and pee accidents. Attention?

Sounds like it: Sounds like an attention grabber, since mom is spending time with the 2 yo, and all the attention is on potty training, etc. Try and have an activity with the 5yo and when training the 2 you say things like your smarter older brother learned this already and maybe he can show you how to do it, etc. get him involved and praise him for his efforts. Good luck! ...Read more

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My son playes sports and when he comes home from school his feet smells bad pleasehelp?

My son playes sports and when he comes home from school his feet smells bad pleasehelp?

Feet: Boys get sweaty (so do girls)! When they are in their teens, the sweat produces more odor. The best things to do are 1) encourage good hygiene (daily bath or shower), 2) change socks regularly, 3) use powder in the shoes or an odor-absorbing insert, and 4)have him remove his shoes and wash his feet as soon as he gets home. ...Read more

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When should I start potty train my 17 months old baby?

When should I start potty train my 17 months old baby?

Potty Training: Around age 2 1/2 is the bet time to potty train. I wouldnt even consider it until age 2. Even if successful, they are very likely to relapse. ...Read more

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How do I potty train an autistic 3yr old boy, when i haven't potty trained anybody before? He pulls off his clothes & runs around naked, is he ready?

Readiness for: Toileting includes his being able to pull his pants up & down, say/sign "pee-pee, poo-poo or potty" & sense when he needs to "go." if he's in early childhood special education through your local school district, teachers sometimes help with tt.. (if not, call child find for assessment). His aba therapist can help, also. "steps to independence" is a good book.See www.Autism-society.Org. ...Read more

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7yr old boy has huge tantrums, cries for hours throws, hits, stomps, yells, is mean, hurts himself over small things. what do I do? School even calls

7yr old boy has huge tantrums, cries for hours throws, hits, stomps, yells, is mean, hurts himself over small things. what do I do? School even calls

Needs work: At 7, with these symptoms, you need professional help.Your doc will likely know what resources you have in your area,but I suspect you will need training in coping with the problem and the kid needs someone to assess his need for and type of therapy.This is not something you should try to manage yourself. ...Read more

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My son is 5 years old, verbal child on the autistic spectrum. I am having trouble making him mind me. Any disciplining tips?

My son is 5 years old, verbal child on the autistic spectrum. I am having trouble making him mind me. Any disciplining tips?

Autism: with high functioning autism, you need to establish good eye contact with your child. Try to stay consistent on dealing with the same behavior the same way everytime. Use flash cards with colors and commands and set incentive to get him to do what you want. ...Read more

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My 7 yr old son obscesses over food wants to eat evry 15-30 min is their something wrong?

My 7 yr old son obscesses over food wants to eat evry 15-30 min is their something wrong?

? Behavior problem: If he is sleeping well and has no problem at school i would have scheduled meal times, wouldn't give junk food, keep an eye on his weight. Explore to see if this is an attention seeking behavior and try to identify any stressor. ...Read more

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My 6 year old son has been potty trained for over 3 years but is starting to poo his pants. Help!?

My 6 year old son has been potty trained for over 3 years but is starting to poo his pants. Help!?

May be constipated: One of the most common reasons for pooping in his pants is the child is constipated, and has "overflow incontinence". If your child does not have a bm regularly, or is very quick in passing a bm, his large intestine may be full of poop, and he may be waiting until he can't hold it anymore. Check his stool pattern, and also find out why he is holding his bm's. ...Read more

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Do children have different pain thresholds? My child seldom cries.

Do children have different pain thresholds? My child seldom cries.

See below: We all, children included, have different personality traits, which may include response to painful stimuli. ...Read more

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My kid is 12months old, when can I start potty training for him?

My kid is 12months old, when can  I start potty training for him?

Toilet training: Many Asian cultures start training around one. In the United States, training is suggested when a cold can indicate the need to toilet, is physically capable of sitting unsupported on the toilet, can remove underwear or diaper without assistance and is not fearful of the toilet. Good luck! ...Read more

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Age 23,anxiety at college,parents still care like a 2 years old kid,My family members respect me even elders,was at bad school,not ok in social,cause?

Age 23,anxiety at college,parents still care like a 2 years old kid,My family members respect me even elders,was at bad school,not ok in social,cause?

Counseling: Report to the campus counseling center. Depression in college is very common because of all the changes that ollege students have to go through adjusting from the impact of moving from their small towns or big cities or wherever else to college life, and stepping toward autonomy. It often represents too much change into short period of time. Counseling likely will be of benefit. ...Read more

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How do I potty train a 3 year and 7 months old that has high anxiety ?

Toilet training: It is difficult to train an anxious child. Surely, he should not be coerced or forced to use the potty if he does not want too. Just back off for now and try again in a month or so. Giving rewards may also work when he is ready and willing, he will surprise you. ...Read more

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My 14years old son has a phobia meeting people even at school.Every day he has stress &particularly before going to school with painful stomach&diarri?

My 14years old son has a phobia meeting people even at school.Every day he has stress &particularly before going to school with painful stomach&diarri?

Change Ur Son's Life: I suspect that w/the right help now u can not only get ur son back on track w/school, but change course of his life. Find anxiety expert who specializes in working w/kids/teens using behavioral & cognitive-behavioral techniques. Also ensure expert is skilled in family therapy: i'd want ur entire family involved. Expert will assess & help put 2gether plan w/u & ur son. See http://on.Wsj.Com/14ruxaq. ...Read more

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Daughter is 3yr. 2 mon. Old. Still won't potty train. I've tried everything! pees on potty at times. But, won't tell me when she has to go. Help?!

Patience: Potty training is a complex process. The child has to learn the balance between control and let go. It takes time. Be patient and persistent. ...Read more

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Have social anxiety specially at academic place,have over protective parents,screaming teachers when i was kid,i am sensitive towards things,i everyth?

Have social anxiety specially at academic place,have over protective parents,screaming teachers when i was kid,i am sensitive towards things,i everyth?

Psychotherapy: Find a local, reputable psychotherapist to help pinpoint stressors that you encounter in social situations, as well as exploring other stressors from other areas of your life, and explore how interrelated these are. Also, ask your psychotherapist if medication might help, and if so, find a psychiatrist to evaluate medication needs, if any. ...Read more

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