Day 339: Potty Training

Sooner or later it comes to us all: the struggle that is potty training. The problem with potty training is that it is a bit different for every child. Some children are ready earlier and some much later depending on their maturity level. If you have a child with special needs, readiness for potty training may come much later than with other children in a comparable age range.

Basically, you need to find out what motivates your child. For some children, it is a progress chart with stickers you could put on every time they have a success. For other children, it might be a small treat or toy they get to play with when they’re successful. You know your children best and know what motivates them. You need to explain to them the rewards and consequences of either using the toilet or having an accident. It is also good to remember not to freak out when they mess up. This is a negative reinforcement, which can prevent them from telling you about accidents in the future, because they fear how you will react.

Above all, it just takes a lot of patience, but it is well worth the pay out in the end. Anything is worth not having to change diapers anymore.

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