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Posted by SarahV on October 23, 2000 at 23:31:35:

In Reply to: Re: Potty Training - Come on parents of older kids - give us some practical advice!! posted by Liz R on October 19, 2000 at 10:14:39:

: : Does anyone have any good advice on potty training a 3 year old with autism? Should I even start trying to potty train him? He does walk up to the toilet once in awhile and says "pee pee," but throws a fit when I try to get him to actually go on the toilet. I would appreciate any advice.

My daughter was finally potty trained at 3 1/2 after three days of no dairy products. I'm not kidding! She did it herself. After this happened for us I read about it happening with others-- the theory being that the morphine-like effect that the milk has on the kids numbs them, leaving them unable to feel the sensation of needing to go. The casein can leave their systems pretty quickly, and my daughter isn't affected by gluten in the same way. Gluten apparently takes longer to leave the body. So - perhaps if the child is both gluten and casein sensitive, it might take longer for the sensitivity to come back.

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