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June 2nd, 2011, 11:59 AM
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I think Carrie's ready to start potty training, but I'm having a really hard time telling myself to start. She doesn't sign real consistently and I'm terrified that this is going to be a really long road... any advice?

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June 2nd, 2011, 05:41 PM
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none at all! I'm still trying to figure out how to train Kaiden. *I* can tell when he's going . . . but he doesn't always tell me . . . and by tell me, I mean he comes over by me, then poops! He does not communicate for peeing, I can only tell he's going if I'm holding him when he does it, I can feel the voluntary muscle movements in his abdomen.
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June 2nd, 2011, 07:55 PM
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I can tell with Carrie too, but she battles constipation so I'm afraid if I put her on the potty when she's pushing, she'll stop and that'll cause problems There is no communication for peeing, and I put her on the potty today... she's TERRIFIED of the potty (we used regular seat, adapter seat, and little potty) but I think she's ready. If I don't give her a cup to go to bed with (let her drink until bedtime, just not after, she wakes up dry) and if I take her diaper off she holds it until I put it back on. She obviously has the control.

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June 3rd, 2011, 10:18 PM
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Ellie has the constipation and fear issues too. If she doesn't feel supported enough or isn't comfortable on the seat she just can't go.This combination is the only thing that works for us. And we tried A LOT of options. The stool is big and rediculously expensive but our PT managed to get it covered by our insurance as adaptive equipment. We're working on getting another one for school.

As far as communication.......Ellie knows when she needs to go and she knows what she needs to do but for the longest time she just wouldn't or couldn't tell us. Instead she would try to do everything herself. I mean litterally crawling into the bathroom. Obviously that didn't work so we had a lot of accidents on the bathroom floor. So for a while I'd put her on the potty every hour whether she gave any signals or not. Eventually I learned to read her body language and she learned to communicate with me better. It took a few months and she still has occasional accidents. But they're rare at this point so I consider her fully potty trained.

It will take time but you and Carrie will figure it out. Probably not what you were hoping for huh? Sorry I can't be more helpful.

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