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Toilet Training Older Autistic Child
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Toilet training, is the process of training a young child to use a toilet or "potty chair" for urination and defecation. A child who can walk from room to room, pull his pants up & down & say "pee-pee", " poo-poo" or "potty" when he senses the urge is ready to toilet train. Rewarding attempts as well as successes & ignoring accidents, basic behavioral precepts, ...Read more
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
What do you suggest if my kid is autism he's going to 4 yrs old with ppd-nos!!!! question about potty training!?
We started toilet training our child and she hasn't had motion for 2 days now. Is that normal and what should we do?
Holding stool: Frequently toddlers will hold their stool during potty training. They will pee in the potty but prefer the diaper for stools. The reasons are comfort, fear, not ready to sit on that potty. If he is holding both stool and urine take a break from potty training. If just stool talk to him about your hopes and wishes. Use stickers to encourage potty use or other reward. ...Read more
Relax: In normal kids, everyone eventually is potty trained. This is a normal milestone of development. Thus it will always happen. Do not pressure your child. The average little girl trains at 26 mos/age and the little boy trains at 32 mos. Train by example until the child is ready. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Signs of readiness: Are being able to walk from room to room, pull diaper, pull-ups & pants up & down, be dry for 2 hours, say "potty" or other word to indicate he senses the urge to go. Till then, let him sit on a potty, clothed, while you model using the toilet. Pushing it creates behavior problems. Buy a Little Looster stool. Read http://m.kidshealth. Org/parent/emotions/behavior/toilet_teaching. Html ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
21/2 yrs old son is hyperactive. Cant talk just says 50 words. Doesn't eat just drinks milk. Difficulty in toilet training. How to handle him?
Needs evaluation: The combination of all of those issues suggests there might be some type of developmental delay. Milk as the sole source of nutrition is not healthy and suggests there may be some sensory issues. This could be part of the issue with the toilet training also. Recurrent ear infections associated with speech delay could mean decreased hearing. Ask his primary to do an evaluation or refer to another. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Medical evaluation: Normal eating is a very complex topic; therefore, it is best addressed with both medical and behavioral help. Constipation is a significant problem in children with asd, which leads to behavior problems, poor eating and more. Zinc deficiency leads to poor taste of the tongue, which affects desire for food. Sensory issues are also a factor. Find an integrative physician to help you sort it out. ...Read more
An autistic child: Will show impaired social interaction, delayed language skills and repetitive and restrictive behaviors. There are varying degrees in different children.A three year old might have decreased eye contact with others, delay in speech &repetitive movements. However, having these signs/symptoms doesn't make the diagnosis. If you are concerned about your child, please discuss with his doctor. ...Read more
I am44wf my husband is55wm. Accidentally got pregnant. How likely are we to have an autistic child? Both healthy and fit. Older child is not autistic?
1-2% risk: The current incidence of ASD is thought to be about 1/100 births, and an increased risk with agehas been reported, but the percentages are less than 100% so the stats are still less than 2/100 or 98% of not having autism. A bigger risk is trisomy 21, and this is routinely screened for by your OB. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Your pediatrician: Can screen for autism & refer to developmental specialists. At the same time, seek a child find evaluation by your local school district for eligibility for early childhood special education. They test all areas of development & assess for autistic disorders, then create with you an individualized educational plan. Firstsigns. Org has the m-chat screen for autism, but it requires follow-up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My child has been diagnosed with autism: 1st--can she get better? 2nd--will she lead a normal life when older?
Can only talk odds: Without even knowing your child's age or severity of symptoms, any answer is going to be highly general. Yes, some children with autism get better, sometimes markedly so; however, most continue to have problems lifelong. Usually, even with children with no problems, knowing what kind of life they will lead is impossible to guess until they make it through their teens. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
My boyfriend says he was been autistic when he was a child and recover when his 12 yrs old. Is this sure that I can live normal life with him?
Labels can be wrong: I have found over time that some carry labels like autism that were convenient to use at some point but not valid. Some of the developmental variations of childhood are hard to understand, others have mild forms of autism that integrate well in life as they develop coping skills. Many of these problems have a genetic basis and can be passed to offspring. I'm afraid the choice must be yours. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It's possible that a: Child with autistic spectrum disorder who acquires a large vocabulary but doesn't use it for age-appropriate reciprocal social I communication & has overdeveloped pattern recognition & rote memory is perceived as being precocious in developing preschool skills, while his non-compliance for non-preferred tasks, perseveration in preferred tasks & stereotypies are perceived as personality traits. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My son is 5 years old, verbal child on the autistic spectrum. I am having trouble making him mind me. Any disciplining tips?
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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