Reply
Got me thinking Mummy-2-2-Monsters TTC since Aug 2014; 2 kids; Seven Hills, Australia 9456 posts
6th Jun '12

If you have a SN child with developmental delays..



When did they potty train?



I was thinking about this earlier. My son is 2. Will be 3 in feb. he doesn't talk and is seeing a speech therapist and a physical therapist for his gross motor (which he is now caught up on) and a development specialist. He is behind on problem solving and social/ speech. I was wondering about when he would be ready for potty training. Maybe 3? Or when he starts talking more after a lot of sessions. Curious to when others with SN children had their kids potty trained/ing.

*Mrs. Varicose Veins* 5 kids; Chunky, Mississippi 22987 posts
6th Jun '12

My son was diagnosed with a moderate speech delay. He is 3 and will be 4 in August. He is practically potty trained but he still wears a diaper at night. I didn't start till he was able to actually talk. He didn't start talking till he was 3.

[yo.] 1 child; Gayville, South Dakota 13371 posts
6th Jun '12

my LO just turned 3, and he (isnt SN) still isnt ready to potty train, Im waiting for him to be ready

Mummytobe2013 Due February 5 (boy); 1 child; Gordon, Australia 33 posts
6th Jun '12

my son has fragile x syndome and he cant talk he is 3 i have his potty sittin in our bathroom and when myself or my husband goes my son like to follow and copy. he was still in nappies full time but he now comes up to us and turn's around as to say change me. so for the last week he has just been in nappies of a night time and even knowing he cant tell us when he needs potty we see the signs.

Sweet lullaby Dearborn Heights, Michigan 30436 posts
6th Jun '12

Dallas has Autism, He was potty Trained about 3 years old. Hes 4 now. His brother is 2, and is ready but behind on speech a bit.

myr-a-myr 3 kids; Quebec 2280 posts
7th Jun '12

My son is also SN He was not potty trained until 4.5.
Same with Emily who is also SN. It can be difficult for a child to learn bladder control. I was told that the first sign that a child is ready to start training is if you find that his/her diaper is dry for a good while then fills up all at once as if LO was holding it in for a while until the bladder was full. Or if LO complains when the diaper is dirty.



I also learned after my second from my daughter's OT to first gradually get LO to sit on the potty to get a feel for it so he/she does not get overwhelmed with all of the training happening at once. So I would sit her on the potty while she was naked just before bath time. While the water was running to fill up the tub. Even if nothing happens, congratulate him for sitting for a few minutes. He tried and that's what counts! After a week of that I added sitting on the potty first thing in the morning with before bath time. After another week of that then I made it an all day routine versus waiting for LO to say they needed to go or make it every hour all day. That can be overwhelming. The routine was and still is for her : first thing in the morning, after breakfast, after snack, after lunch, after snack, after supper and then bathtime before bed.
His body will set it's clock and he will start feeling his urges regularly on those times. Also because it's just part of the day, nothing more, it does not feel as much like a chore or something overwhelming that he would need to understand if he does not right away.



Congratulate on trying versus peeing/pooping. Or else if nothing happens in the potty LO could feel like he failed. That can attach stress to potty training making it harder and more susceptible to regress on stressful days. Also give him privacy, give him a book or something to keep him busy while sitting (no more then 15-20 minutes) so that he does not get "stage fright" while you stand next to him and feel as though it HAS to happen to make you happy. Sitting too long can also make it feel like a chore.



To some kids it takes longer then others. I've also heard many times that it's harder for boys then girls to learn potty training. If LO shows he does not like the potty (like my son and daughter), then try a kid seat on the toilet itself. Even if that does not work just try the toilet itself. Emily wanted the toilet without anything else.



I hope this helps! I know it helped me when my daughter's OT explained it to me :)

Mummy-2-2-Monsters TTC since Aug 2014; 2 kids; Seven Hills, Australia 9456 posts
7th Jun '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting myr-a-myr:</b>" My son is also SN He was not potty trained until 4.5. Same with Emily who is also SN. It can be difficult ... [snip!] ... wanted the toilet without anything else. I hope this helps! I know it helped me when my daughter's OT explained it to me :)"</blockquote>



This is very helpful. Thanks! :)