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Posted by Jenny on July 21, 2000 at 15:58:44:

In Reply to: Potty Training dilemma - help! (desperate) posted by Yvonne on July 20, 2000 at 08:21:22:

: I've finally getting down to potty training my daughter, who just turned 5. We tried half a year ago for a few months with no success, and now since huggies size 6 are getting snug, I figure it's high time.

: She is only slightly verbal. My problem is this: when we put her on the potty, she just holds it, no matter how long. Last night we did a "potty party" where she pretty much stayed in the bathroom for half a day, with snacks and juice. She held it for 10 hours! FInally in the last hour she started tantruming and crying, so we gave up because it was becoming traumatic. She was so uncomfortable, but she just would not go in the toilet! Shw trying pouring warm water, everything. Any ideas? This was an awful experiene. I should add that we've been habit training as well for about two weeks, taking her in for 5-10 minutes every 1-2 hours, with no success. She's very stubborn! We have the big-gun renforcer for when she goes (a mickey mouse lollipop) that we've shown her, but she just doesn't understand what we want.

I'd like to suggest the book "Potting Training in One Day" to you. I know it sounds crazy but it's worth a look. While it may take our special kids a little longer to catch on, the techniques are great. You start off by teaching a doll to go potty and rewarding the doll when it is dry. Once your child has "trained" the doll you move on to the child. You reward them every time they are dry. When they have an accident you run through potty drills w/them and make them responsible for cleaning up the mess. The book describes step-by-step how to take your child through the process and become independent potty goers! While I did not have this book available to me when I was training my autistic daughter, I did utilize some of the techniques and found them effective. I used it on my 2 1/2 year old "typical" child and she was totally trained w/in 36 hours. Hope this helps!!

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