Toilet Training

If you are the parent of a child with Sensory Processing Disorder, you know that toilet training is very challenging. Below is some questions the reader's of Sensory-Processing-Disorder.com have submitted. If you are struggling with this very topic, know that you are not alone!

 

 

 

 

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My 2 1/2 year old son wont poo on the potty/toilet because the smell makes him gip. 
my nearly 3 little boy wont poo on the toilet or potty. The smell makes him gip . he hold it in until I put a nappy on . Don't know what to do next.

Connection between SPD and bedwetting 
Is there a connection between SPD and bedwetting? My 8 year old son with SPD still does not get up to use the bathroom at night. He is wet every night. …

My son is 7 going on 8 and still poos his pants regularly  
My 7 year old son is quite intelligent and very loving and he has a solid and stable home with lots of positive role models in his life. For some unknown …

Stool withholding  
my child won't poop. he's 5 years old. says it hurts. squeezes his legs together and poops in his pants when he can no longer hold it in. won't go on the …

My 6 year old son wet his pants daily and recently has been pooping them too. 
He has been potty trained since 18 months but has always had accidents. Even if I wake him up twice during the night he still wakes up wet. He leaks a …

Potty training 31/2 year old boy with spd 
my 31/2 year old son has sensory issues and refuses to use the potty, i have tried everything from reward stickers to candy toys,buying different potties, …

Bathroom Habits 
My 5-yr old son has to take all of his clothes off every time he has a bowel movement. He would rather soil himself fighting urgently with his clothing …

Pooping in pants and sleep apnea in 9 year old boy 
My son just turned 9. He poops in his pants at least 4-5 times a week, sometimes more. He says he can't feel it or smell it. He also has sleep apnea, and …

Stay consistant 
I have a 5 year old girl who if I don't remind her to go and sit on the toilet at scheduled times she will not choose to go on her own. I have also noticed …

Almost 5 and no interest in potty training. 
Our son is almost 5 years old and has absolutely no interest in using the toilet. Normally, he is wonderful at imitation, but the farthest we can get …

Not sure if this is behavior or SPD 
My daughter just turned two about two months ago, and was recently diagnosed with SPD. We started potty training about a month and a half ago. The first …

Bathroom issues at age 6 
My 6 y/o son was diagnosed with SPD, specifically Tactile Defensiveness, a while back and while many of his hypersensitivities have gotten better with …

Toilet training/use in SPD individuals 
My daughter is 5 years old. After I did the SPD checklist, I found that some (or most) of the criteria on the list points directly at her behavioral problems. …

Potty Training, age 4 
Help! My preschooler is resistive to all forms of potty training. I am seeking any ideas or advice you may have as I have tried everything. Thank you! …

Beyond potty training 
Our son is a happy, sociable 1st grader who still has "accidents" especially under stress followed by lots of guilt and tears of embarrassment! I'm hoping …

Mommy's Tried Everything 
I have a 6 year old son with SPD. He was diagnosed at 3 and has received OT services through CPSE and privately. When he transitioned to Kindergarten …

Should I try harder? 
My 3 1/2 daughter has mild SPD (mostly under responsive) and no interest in using the potty, although I don't think that she is afraid of it. For …

5 year old girl SPD & potty issues 
My daughter was diagnosed last year with SPD. We had a problem with voiding in her pants for quite some time at that point but finally got through it …

6 year old and constant wetting 
Our 6 year old wets his pants several times a day and sits in it. I believe he waits too long and then doesn't have the muscle tone to hang on. He is …

Help 
My son is 6 and he hasn't been officially diagnosed with spd but we are in the process seeing how he has 110 of the characteristics one problem he has …

Sensory issues and toilet training 
Is there any therapy or technique out there to help a 4 year old with SPD who is unable to sense when he needs to poop? My son has been on Miralax for …

Poop problems and SPD 
I have a 2 1/2 half year old and was just wondering if anyone had the trouble with the poop eating/smearing like I do with my SPD son. If so how can you …

Almost five and no potty training in sight 
OK I am now thinking of starting cloth diapering on my soon to be five year old boy who is 47 pounds. He is very delayed developmentally, and going through …

Potty Training 
My 3 yr old son has issues with overstimulating sights and sounds. He can only handle so much before he has a meltdown. He is also sensory seeking as …

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She doesn't care if she soiled or wet 
My daughter turned 4 in March. We were told she is a "sensory seeker" part of SID. When it comes to potty training, it's like she doesn't care. We have …

Potty Training Issues and SPD 
Hi All, I am a Mom of an almost 4 year old. He was diagnosed with mild SPD at around the age of 18 months. Since that time, I feel that he was overcoming …

8 year old with SPD has trouble with DAYTIME wetting... any suggestions? 
My 8 year old son was diagnosed with SPD about a year ago. Among other things, he is still not able to keep his pants dry during the day. He says he doesn't …

Potty Training 
Hi. I have a 5 1/2 year old with SPD who still isn't potty trained. I'm not worried and neither is his pediatrician. He's on Mirilax to make him go every …

potty training 
Our son is 4.5 years old and has SPD. He was in daycare for Occ. therapy. He is still not potty-trained. He starts kindergarten in September. The teacher …

My Son has SPD, ADHD and Hypotonia. He is 3 1/2 
My son WILL NOT use the potty. No way, no how, the only times I've gotten him to go is when I have him in underwear all day, he holds it in, and he starts …

My toddler son has SID. Potty training problems? 
Hi, My son has been diagnosed with SID. He has had muscle issue since he was a baby. Started Physical therapy at 9 months old (has mild hypotonia), …

Bowel Movements 
Our son was easy to toilet train and was trained when he was 2.5. We have never had any bowel concerns. However within the last 2 months, he has been what …

Hard to potty train 3 year old with sensory processing disorder. 
I am not the mother or father of the child. I babysit him. The parents can not find any way to potty train him. He is a good kid, but can be very hyper. …

Backsliding with potty training over and over and over... 
My son was recently diagnosed with SPD. He was 4 in December. He has 3 siblings which are 2 years old. (triplets) We originally potty trained him almost …

Bathroom issues 
I have a 7 year old son who is still having trouble with bathroom accidents. He says he has a hard time knowing when his body is telling him he needs …

7 1/2 year old still wets pants daily, dry at night...HELP! 
My son gave up diapers at 3, and from 3 to 4 was doing great with only occasional accidents. Around his 4th birthday, from what I remember, he started …

Refuses to go to the potty on the toilet 
A child will not go on the potty. Ever. The child must use a pull-up, favorite one, to go . Sometimes the child holds it for hours. BM's are never regular …

My daughter has SPD and can't "feel" when she needs to poop. 
My daughter is 3 1/2 years old. She has SPD and whenever she has to poop, she goes in her panties. She can't "feel" when she has to go. I don't know …

Toilet training resistance 
My six year old daughter with SPD is not potty trained. She refuses to sit on the potty. Is there anyone else with a child not going at this age??

Resistant toilet training 
Hi, I am needing help with my very complex spd child, I think she craves deep pressure and as a result is unwilling to give up diapers, she will be 5 years …

Help! My 7 year old 2nd grader will not poop on the potty. 
My son has refused to be fully potty trained since we started when he was a toddler. He jumps around and holds his belly in whenever he feels the sensation …

Bedwetting At Age 8 
My SPD son successfully potty trained during the day (both pee and poop) at age 3. However he is almost 8 and still wearing Pull-Ups at night. We've tried …

Toilet training  Not rated yet
What is ur advice for a 17 yr old girl who has been going to school but yet had no toilet training,n np other adls that can be done by her? Parents are …

My 6 year old will not poop in the potty Not rated yet
she is 6 years old...she is completely trained and will not pee in in her pants at all...but she will not poop in the toilet...no matter what we try...and …

Potty training a four and five year old Not rated yet
My two grandchildren have been diagnosed with SPD and Autism. The oldest boy is five and the younger is four. Neither of these boys are potty trained. …

7 year old daughter with many signs of SPD cannot sense bowel movements Not rated yet
My daughter who is seven still has no clue when she is about to have a bowel movement. She has other sensory issues, lack of sensation with food on her …

Potty training Not rated yet
John is 3.5 years old and is now beginning toilet training. He is very easily distracted and sensitive to environmental smells, has decreased balance and …

Frustrated at 4.5  Not rated yet
DS is 4.5 and still using diapers. He has asked several times to sit on the potty, stand in front of the potty, asking to pee. But he will never go. …

22 year old with autism and toileting regression Not rated yet
I care for my 21 yr old daughter with lf autism. She suffers from severe persistent constipation and it's difficult to get her to take medicine. Recently …

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My daughter is 5 years old would rather poop on per herself  Not rated yet
I have a daughter that's 5. She has cystic fibrosis. I put her on the potty every 45 mins but she won't sit long enough to pee or poop. We have done the …

My 4 year old son with spd has NEVER told me he has to go potty Not rated yet
I really need help. My son wears a pullup and urinates on the toilet when we use a timer. When the timer goes off we take him and he urinates. The pullup …

Mum to child with spd Not rated yet
my son, now aged 7 has spd and aspergers. His sensory issues have always been there but now we understand them they are explainable at least. Toilet and …

Teen SPD, MR son just started playing with stool Not rated yet
Our 15 year old son has recently started playing with his stool. Is there a way to keep his hands out of his diaper? He IQ is 40 and he is very low verbal, …

Potty training special needs child Not rated yet
My great grand daughter is now 7 almost 8 and is a walking miracle as at 3 months old she had an accident and over 50% of her brain is gone. we were told …

Poo!  Not rated yet
My 9 year old daughter will not stop playing with or smearing her poo. She is a sensory seeker. Nothing can replicate the poo, she is not interested …

Accidents everyday Not rated yet
My daughter is 7 now and within the last year we have realized she has SPD. It has been a constant battle with accidents in her pants. At this age it …

Bathroom questions Not rated yet
Anyone have trouble with your child not being able to wipe, my son is 9 and is so grossed out by poop he can't wipe himself. He goes and then yells for …

Refusing to wee Not rated yet
My little boy is 3 and we potty trained 6 months ago when he was 2 years, 9 months. He had been using the potty to poo for 2-3 months b3fore that, and …

Please help Not rated yet
My daughter who is now 8 holds her poop in , I have asked her tons of times why?? She just tells me bc it hurts. I told her that if she didn't hold it …

Teen daughter likes feel of feces Not rated yet
My 16 y.o. daughter has an IQ of 49 due to bio mother's drug use. She has been dx on the Autism Spectrum and has Sensory Integration Dysfunction. I went …

4 year old triplets with spd and cant get them potty trained Not rated yet
I have 4 year old triplet with spd. Each child has different reactions to the potty. Two will sometime use the potty but its not consistent. They dont …

Toilet trouble Not rated yet
My 6 yr old boy has SPD, sensory seeking also Epilepsy. Since as long as I can remember he's had trouble with the toilet trips, poos in his pants, more …

7 yr old will not go bm in toilet Not rated yet
My son is going to a therapist and I thought she would be able to tell usthe reason why he will not go bm in toilet. It doesn't matter if he is wearing …

Can SPD cause potty training to regress years later? Not rated yet
I have a nine year old who was diagnosed with SPD when he was two. Recently, we are dealing with a new issue. He began about six months ago at the age …

Interoceptive Sense, Hypo-responsive to urge to urinate, Bedwetting  Not rated yet
I am an OT and have a friend whose son is 7 and wets the bed consistently. He also urinates randomly during the day even on a toileting schedule. He, for …

Potty training for a nine year old girl Not rated yet
Any tips on how to help my nine year old daughter with SPD have less toileting accidents?

Soiling pants Not rated yet
I have an 11 year old son who is autistic with sensory disorder who soils his underwear daily. he does not seem to be able to feel or smell it. what do …

Toileting Not rated yet
Does anyone have a problem better still solution for dealing with a child who will be incontinent (bowels especially) when under stress????

SPD Potty Training our 3 year old Not rated yet
Our daughter was diagnosed with SPD when she was 1.5. She was a foster child born addicted to methadone, morphine, and several other pain killers. She …

Potty Training Not rated yet
My Granddaughter is 5 years old and is moderately autistic and has sensory processing issues. She will not sit on her potty and refuses to have anything …

10 year old wetting during day and night Not rated yet
It is a step grandson we are raising he has only stopped wetting for several weeks at a time. This past august he went 2 1/2 weeks and then my husband …

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