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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?

Not likely: Autism diagnosis encompasses delays in language develpment, motor development and social-emotional development. Although very little information is given, struggling with toilet training is not likely to be diagnostic of autism. Your child might an underlying medical issue like constipation or is having oppositional defiant disorder. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is 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 genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...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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Which age child is ready to start toilet training?

Which age child is ready to start toilet training?

Varies: Most children can beging toilet training between 9-15 months. There are many variables and often they learn by observing others, for example in day care. Do not get frustrated and it is important to remember that each child develops at their own rate. ...Read more

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We started toilet training our child and she hasn't had motion for 2 days now. Is that normal and what should we do?

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

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How can I make toilet training a positive experience for my 2-year-old?

How can I make toilet training a positive experience for my 2-year-old?

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 more

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How can I make toilet training a positive experience for my 18-month-old?

How can I make toilet training a positive experience for my 18-month-old?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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My 5 year old autistic child is not eating. What should I do?

My 5 year old autistic child is not eating. What should I do?

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

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What are the symptoms of autism for a three year old child?

What are the symptoms of autism for a three year old child?

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

Dr. Valerie Hines
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Toilet Training (Definition)

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


Dr. Allyson Pizzo-Berkey
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Potty Training (Definition)

Training a child ...Read more