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Potty Trained!!!!

Yesterday, as I checked to make sure my wallet was in my purse before heading out to run an errand with Hannah, I realized that I had a pull-up and pack of wipes inside. I didn’t need to bring a pull up and wipes with me! I tossed the wipes and pullup under the bathroom sink with a sigh of relief. Today I realized that in the past 10 years, I’ve only had 8 months that I didn’t have to bring diaps and wipes whenever I was out with my children. That’s 111 months of diaper toting!
In a way, potty training is representative of how autism affects Hannah.  Everything is harder and takes longer.  Hannah is almost 4 1/2.  I started trying to potty train Hannah well over a year ago. She was so terrified of the potty.  Many of those months our efforts centered around reading potty related board books, watching potty related videos, etc.  By this September, Hannah didn’t want to wear diapers around, and she would sit on the potty, but would NOT, and I mean NOT, pee in it.  So, I let her wear undies, then would put on a pullup for her to use as she sat and used the potty.  About a month ago, Hannah started working with an aide, and an occupational therapist.  Between the ground work I laid, and ideas from the  OT, and nudging from the aide, Hannah is fully potty trained (daytime) as of last week.  Hooray!!


7 comments on “Potty Trained!!!!

  1. Donna J. Dingwall
    November 9, 2012

    Wahooo….doing the HAPPY DANCE. Way to go Mommy and Hannah. Wonderful success.

  2. Leslie
    December 9, 2012

    Wow, this post gives me so much hope. I don’t know if you know this but my Eoin is on the spectrum. He will be 4 in January, and as hard as people try … no one really understands unless they are going through the same thing. I’ve been working toward potty training Eoin for the last 6 months (before that I just knew he wasn’t ready). Just like Hannah, Eoin was terrified of the toilet. Finally a few weeks ago he peed in the big potty, and will do it anytime you put him there. We are still a long ways from being “trained” but we feel like it’s a huge success. Next Step: trying to get him to tolerate “pulling up” underwear or training pants. As long as he already has a diaper on he’s fine. But if he’s nekkid he runs away and screams as if said garment were about to eat important parts of him =).Thank you for sharing this with others.I love what you said “everything is harder, and takes longer” pretty much sums up my attitude. It’s all possible, I just have to figure out the puzzle.

    • holdingtomorrow
      December 9, 2012

      HI Leslie- I’m doing a happy dance inside for you that Eoin is peeing in the potty-even if there are more steps to go to be trained. It can be such hard work to get to that point! Victories like that help keep me plowing through the rest of the challenges. Do you have an occupational therapist that you get to work with? My was a big help in figuring out what sensory stuff was bothering Hannah that I could incrementally work on to help her finish potty training. If you don’t, I’m no expert, but I’d be happy to share what I learned.

      • Leslie
        December 31, 2012

        Eoin worked with an OT, and a fantastic Developmental specialist who taught us so much right up ’till he turned three. In AZ, at this time, after 3 there is nothing offered to children who are not “in danger of being institutionalized”. Eoin is not aggressive enough to meet their criteria. We went through every appeal process there is, and the answer never changed. So for the time being Eoin gets developmental preschool through our local district, and whatever I can dream up. I am open to any, and all wisdom you have to share.

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