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success in potty training an autistic child! #227849 01/23/06 03:56 PM
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My son did NOT understand pee on the potty and had no body awareness. We bought a night time bed wetting device from leaps and bounds. The alarm went off with a drop of fluid{this would stop anyone from whatever they were doing!]. We rushed him to the potty so he could finish and rewarded him with a pee party! He got his favorite toy after. He was trained in a week. He was ok with the alarm{we taped over the sound as it was VERY loud]. Which is something you really need to consider when buying. It is not returnable. We are considering turning it around for bowel training as he doesn't understand or make the connection there. GOOD LUCK! [color:"red"] [/color]

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Hi Karen ~

Welcome aboard and thanks for sharing about your positive experience. What age is your child? Is your child verbal, did you use any PECS schedules for this prior to the alarm? I have read reviews on these devices over on epinions. You might want to check and see if this one is listed and post a review there - http://www.epinions.com

Did you ever try the toilet training book for children on the Autism Spectrum?

I have not tried to do this yet for my son Matthew who is nine, still working on the bottle issue at feeding and then this will be attempted once that has been successful.

Would be great to have both done by the time school starts next year.


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Re: success in potty training an autistic child! #227851 01/26/06 04:01 AM
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My son is 4 now and non-verbal and is not toilet trained, but recently he wants to use the toilet, out of the blue, he has chronic constipation so when we would see him trying to go we would sit him on the toilet, not so much to get him trained but more for the sitting position, but he goes now, even pee. Only during the day and then only when we catch him, otherwise he will take his diaper off in the hall outside the bathroom and pee and poop on the floor, which is nice. But now I don't have as many stresses about training him. I think it will be easier than I thought, *fingers crossed*. Congrats on your success, I can't wait for the day when I won't have to buy diapers!!!!!!

Re: success in potty training an autistic child! #227852 01/28/06 08:29 PM
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Hey Jessie - It has been awhile since I saw you here, how is life going for your family at the moment?

I wrote an article on the questions I asked about toilet training at school:

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art17322.asp


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Re: success in potty training an autistic child! #227853 01/28/06 08:38 PM
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Here is an article about getting health products covered by Insurance - you might want to try for the diapers:

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art30698.asp


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Re: success in potty training an autistic child! #227854 01/31/06 05:25 PM
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Yes. Brett is still non-verbal at age 6. He used the sensor at age 4 and was successfully using PECS. He now has a Dynamyte communication device. We will ask him if he needs to pee and he will tell us but he has initiated only a few times. I am going to try the sensor backwards for BM training. He will go EVERY night after we put him to bed no matter how long we sit him on the pot. I'm hoping he'll hate the sensor and want to go before we put it on. It's hard to reward him when we can't catch him! <img src="/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" />

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Congrats! You sound like you're on your way!!! He sounds like he's getting an understanding! <img src="/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" />

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Thanks for the info on insurance. I did try when Brett was 3. Our insurance would cover these terrible generic "adult" size s. They were not only huge but when he wet he wet right threw everything. I am going to check again just to be sure nothing has changed. We have blue cross and medicaid...so you'd think!!!!

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YES!!! MEDICAID IS NOW PAYING...after 6 years of diapers....I can't tell you how excited I am. They were very helpful at wal-mart!

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Good to know Karen. It is such a relief to get those paid for. Now if only they could cover Wipes that would make my year.


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