April works full time in higher education balancing her time between her special needs son, handsome husband, elderly mother, and new baby coming in May 2014. She has a background in theatre, film, and television but somehow stumbled into the educational field. She loves spending time with her family, dreaming of the beach and organizing her house.

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Potty Training Rebooted

We started potty training our son a little over a year ago and had many relapses in the process. They were trying to potty train him in the developmental pre-school, but he wasn’t interested in it.  We even tried going without a pull-up many times and he didn’t even notice the pee running down his legs!

Something must have clicked the last month of school because now he is going all morning and a few days without accidents.  Yes, we have had some emergency runs to the bathroom and mopping the floor.  However, he has made great strides in potty training this time around.

There is no one perfect way to potty train a child and sometimes I feel frustrated when I hear other women who boast about having all 5 of their kids potty trained before they were even out of diapers.  That’s not realistic for most people and especially for special needs kids.

He will be 4 years old in less than 2 weeks, but most programs for kids his age require that he be fully potty trained.  Yeah, right.  He’s making strides but there is no way he will be fully potty trained by then.  Sometimes you have to be a little flexible and maybe go in knowing that your child might not be ready for these programs because they aren’t equipped to handle kids that aren’t potty trained.

We are still using the potty box as a reward for him and thankfully I was able to stock it up with books and miscellaneous items from the dollar store.  It’s a challenge to keep him motivated and we haven’t gotten beyond the basic 3 times of going without prompting in order to get something from the potty box.  It doesn’t work everyday, but it’s a step in the right direction.

Hopefully it won’t take us another year to fully potty train him, but we are trying and he is now aware of his need to use the big potty.  Because it has taken so long to potty train him, he has outgrown the smaller, trainer potty.  That’s ok as we need him to use the regular toilet.  It’s going to be a work in progress, but that’s ok.



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