Gotta start somewhere…

  Boston turns six in less than a month and we are no where near being potty trained. This is actually pretty common in the autism community as well as in the Down Syndrome community. As far as kiddos with both I’ve heard mixed reviews: in one of the Facebook groups I am in there are teens and even adults that are not potty trained. I’m not sure where Boston will fall but I want to try. 
So we start small….adding a photo and button to our wall. This one saying “Help me change my pants please.” He has mastered using them to ask for food or a drink so why not!?! 

My plan is to take him over to the button and tap it to hear the message and grab the photo of his diaper off the wall before I take him into his room to change him. My hope is that he likes the feeling of being dry and starts to request that his pants be changed. Ideally – over time transitioning into wanting to use the bathroom. (Fingers crossed)

We gotta start somewhere, right? 

5 Responses

  1. Tina August 23, 2015 at 8:48 pm | | Reply

    What kind of button is that? My son Lucas has Asd/downs..and I am incorporating a schedule for him similar to what you have. He is somewhat verbal but doesn’t tell me what he wants sometimes or does not ask for the bathroom. He will just go on the floor. He is wearing under wear during the day and will sometimes go to the bathroom but it has to be supervised because he flushes stuff down the toilet. We already had to replace the toilet.
    I look forward to suggestions. Talk soon
    Kindest regards.

  2. Tommie August 26, 2015 at 1:48 pm | | Reply

    My eight year old daughter has 5p- syndrome. She’s been potty trained since she was about five years old but yes, it was such a struggle. She’s very verbal now but at the time, not so much. Like kids with Down Syndrome and autism, kids with 5p- Syndrome have low muscle tone, are very often non-verbal and just have trouble with this milestone.

    I think you’ve got to do whatever works for you and your kiddo and change it up as needed. You’re doing a great job no matter what.

  3. Christina September 12, 2015 at 9:38 am | | Reply

    How did you attach the buttons to the wall. My 12 year old wit ds/asd is great at ripping things off. :)

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