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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. 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


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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

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Can a child be getting autism after the age of 3 years, or is that too old?

Symptoms Recognized: Childre with autism are born with problem. But depending upon the severity the symptoms are sometimes not seen immediately. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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How can you tell if your 3 year old child is autistic?

How can you tell if your 3 year old child is autistic?

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 more

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Autistic child 13 year old and out of control; what medication should I use?

Autistic child 13 year old and out of control; what medication should I use?

Speak to Physician: It is important you speak to your child's pediatrician about this. Every child with ASD needs a tailored approach to their medication, behavioral therapy and nutritional profile. ...Read more

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My child has been diagnosed with autism: 1st--can she get better? 2nd--will she lead a normal life when older?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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What's better 3mg or 300mcg melatonin a good dose for a 9 yr old autistic child?

What's better 3mg or 300mcg melatonin a good dose for a 9 yr old autistic child?

Start with 300mcg.: Melatonin can have different effects on different individuals, regardless of size. Adult sized patients can be dramatically affected by 3 mg and children not at all and vice versa. Start with the 300 mcg dose which is 1/10th the 3 mg dose. ...Read more

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Is it possible a child with high functioning autism would show signs until close to 3 years old?

Is it possible a child with high functioning autism would show signs until close to 3 years old?

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 more

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Is it really true that an older child still walking on his tip toes is a sign of autism?

Is it really true that an older child still walking on his tip toes is a sign of autism?

Not necessarly: Walking on tip toes could be due to a brain condition like cerebral palsy, local condition like short achilles' tendon, muscle problem etc. Best would be to have your child evaluated by an experienced pediatric neurologist. ...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

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


Dr. Allyson Pizzo-Berkey
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Potty Training (Definition)

Training a child ...Read more