Potty Training Preschooler With SPD
My son is 4 1/2 years old. He has been peeing in the potty for some time now, however we cannot get him to sit on the toilet to have a BM. He never did sit down to pee, but did it standing up from the beginning. He is tactile defensive and a sensory avoider. It does seem like he is afraid of the sensation of sitting up on the toilet over a hole. We have a very good stable potty seat and a stool for him to use, but the problem is getting him up there at all! He is not motivated by the promise of reward or being a "big boy".
He is in his second year of preschool and due to start kindergarten in the fall. He is a VERY strong willed child and shows no interest in achieving this milestone. I'm in fear all the time that he will be kicked out of preschool (which he loves) if they find out he's not completely potty-trained. Also, there's the issue of starting kindergarten. Any suggestions? The SPD Help Line Answers...
A few questions first. These will help me help you further...
Is he in OT? How often does he go to OT? What do they work on with him specifically? How does he have a BM now? In a diaper? Does he tell you when he is going to have a BM? Does he have low muscle tone? Does he have postural insecurity or stability difficulties? Has he used a potty that just sits right on the floor?
The following resources on my site will surely help with ideas that you can try and put your mind at ease... *** Newsletter: SPD And Potty Training ***
Help Line answers already addressing this issue: Potty Training Potty Training A Sensory Child SPD And Poop Training
Let me know the answers to the questions I asked and if any of the suggestions work/don't work. Then we can help you further, ok?
Anyone else have some solutions? I KNOW there are others who have gone through this. Feel free to share your ideas and comments below! Thanks in advance.
Take good care.