help with Potty training

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Registered: 02-16-2004
help with Potty training
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Mon, 02-16-2004 - 3:36pm
Hi All,

Does anyone have any suggestions on potty training? My daughter is 4 yrs old and has Cerebral Palsy with Developmental Delays. She functions on about a 2 1/2yr old level. She tells me when she has already had a bowel movement, however, she doesn't let on when she has peed. I sit her on the potty as often as humanly possible. I also put big girl panties on her and she gets very upset if she pees in them. We use the pull ups during her school hours and her teachers take her to the potty at designated times. I am at my wits end. I have run out of ideas. I hope someone can help me
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Registered: 03-19-2003
Mon, 02-16-2004 - 6:06pm

Hi...I'm glad to see you and hope you'll drop in often.

 


 



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Registered: 10-21-2003
Tue, 02-17-2004 - 11:34am
Hello my DD has CP as well and she potty trained at 4 as well. What we did was chart her! From wake up until bedtime we checked her diaper every hour for 2 weeks. Then we wrote down whether she was wet,soiled, both, or dry. At the end of 2 weeks this will show a pattern of what time she is going pee. So then you can start taking her to the bathroom at the time when she will most likely have success. Praising and rewarding (chocolate mint sticks for my DD) when she goes will reinforce the positives about going on the potty rather than in her diaper. My DD was trained within 6 weeks for both night and day. Even now she is on a schedule somewhat...first thing in the morning we don't ask we just go and last thing before bedtime. After awhile you can remove (slowly) the rewards...instead of everytime you go on the potty you get a reward make it you get one if your diaper is dry from one time to the next, then if you can tell me you need to go. We ended our training by going and buying Big Girl underwear that she could pick out herself. The only difference, I think, is that my DD is nonverbal so we had to work out a signal system. Good luck with her and give her a high five from us for trying. Shelley
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Registered: 03-19-2003
Tue, 02-17-2004 - 7:10pm

Shelley, thanks for sharing your idea...it sounds like an excellent one that could work for most any child.

 


 



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Registered: 02-16-2004
Fri, 02-20-2004 - 2:24pm
Shelley,

Thank you so much for the advice! I will try it asap!

I will keep you updated on the progress.

Nancy