Thursday, June 23, 2011


Toileting, for kids with SPD, can be a challenge. 

Well, that's putting it mildly.

Conventional wisdom on toilet training is that you let the child set the pace, and do not push them befoe they are ready.  Unfortunately, if you apply this to the child with SPD, they will be entering middle school still in diapers.

Well, maybe that's an exaggeration, but it doesn't feel like much of one right now. 

My son is four, and will be five in September.  He's entering kindergarten this fall.  He is doing pretty well with peeing in the toilet.  He still has an occasional accident, but from what I understand, that's to be expected in any kid his age. 

He still, however, will not use the toilet for pooping if he can possibly help it.

What makes it all the more frustrating is that he's used the toilet in circumstances when he had no other choice, so I know he's perfectly capable of doing it.  Generally this happens when we are out, whether at a store or restaurant, and I tell him I have no change of pants at all for him, so he has to hold it until we get home, walk around in soiled pants, or use the toilet. 

We've tried all the suggested tips- prizes, charts with stickers, having him clean himself and the soiled underwear up, you name it.  Nothing has worked.  Recently we've gone to more negative reinforcements- no more Wii playing with Daddy in an evening, for example. 

I just don't know what else to do.

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