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How Many Of You Are Potty Training Or Have Potty Trained Your Autistic Child?

How Many Of You Are Potty Training Or Have Potty Trained Your Autistic Child?

I really want to start potty training skyler. He is 4 1/2 and last two weeks he has sat on the toilet by himself and flushed it over and over and laughing. I am not sure if he will show interest or not or how to know when its time to potty train. Any ideas? My son is not very verbal but he does know what the potty is and he seems to know you sit on it because he did sit on it a couple times. Any suggestions would be helpfull!

A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Hi Debbie,
I went through this a few years ago with Andrew. We started with peeeing. We took a few days off and kept him naked in the house with no diapers. Anytime he went pee in the toilet, we gave him a Hershey's kiss. He would get excited and say "I went pee pee in the potty! I want a candy!" It was fantastic how quickly it worked.
For #2, well that was not as easy. He wanted a diaper to poop in and we told him no, it was time to use the toilet. He became upset and cried, but when the time came where he could not hold it, we sat him on the toilet and as he pooped he exclaimed "I'm doing it! I'm doing it!" He was so proud of himself and that was it. After that he never had a problem. If he won't take the diaper off, try cutting a hole in the diaper and have him poop on the toilet wearing the diaper. That worked for a friend of mine whose child had ASD as well. I hope this helps.

posted over 9 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

@A MyAutismTeam Member that makes alot of sense! we figure we would try and if it doesnt work then its ok we will wait a bit longer. Basically i just want to try and see what happens.

edited, originally posted over 9 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

hello debbie,
my daughter is 3 and after some time trying she's got it. we had to make sure we kept her on schedule and took her everyday. she cries when she has accident though but besides that she goes on her own

posted over 9 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Check out this free downloadable guide, "Toilet Training For Children In The Autistic Spectrum". It talks about readiness and gives some great hands-on advice on how to get started with the process.

http://autismbeacon.com/topics/article/toilet_t...

We started toilet training my son when he was around Skyler's age and it took several years to get him reliably trained. He's 17 now and we still struggle with wiping. We see progress but admittedly it's sometimes slow.

posted over 9 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Still working on it at 5 1/2 because he has poop accidents from not wanting to stop what he's doing to use the toilet. The school keeps calling me to come back onto campus from home just to wipe his butt!

posted over 9 years ago
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