Toilet training/use in SPD individuals


(South Africa)

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. She is toilet trained, but she doesn't seem to know when to use the toilet for stooling purposes. She often (almost always) poops in her pants. When I ask her why she does this, her answer is that she forgets to use the toilet. Does this problem often occur in SPD children?

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Jun 20, 2011
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Potty training for BM for kids w SPD
by: Lindsey

My 3.5 year old SPD son is potty trained for pee but completely anguished about his bowel movements. He holds it in and whacks at his crotch to try to keep the poop in for hours. Even at the playground. He tells me it's scary to go and his stomach hurts, and then once he goes (after I ply him with prune juice and spike his water with probiotic powder) he is instantly relaxed and happy and always agrees that his stomach feels much better. But still, it's a huge struggle with the BM every day (or every three-four days, when he regularly constipates himself.) Any suggestions for help with this problem? I will add the watching videos (Potty Power and The Magic Bowl) really helped us to get him excited to pee in the potty. It's the poop that is causing him so much anxiety.

Thanks for any and all suggestions!
Lindsey

Jun 05, 2011
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toilet training
by: Anonymous

I agreed with Anon ...it wasnt till my son was 4 y/o when he finally understood about BM issues. He was potty trained at 3 y/o ...but it is the BM that he just doesnt get it! He also has mild hypo SI.

May 24, 2011
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TOILET TRAINING
by: Anonymous

My son is not toilet trained yet. He will be three in September 2011. We always talk about going to the bathroom and use his potty, sometimes he tells us too late to bring him to the Bathroom. Most of the time we see him bearing down or we just smell poo.
What other techniques do you recommend to help with his toilet training?

May 21, 2011
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Anon
by: Anonymous

i have a son with some mild spd issues. he was no only difficult to potty train but even after he was trained, he has accidents like this.

i think it can be common for these kids to have hyposensitivities or hypersensitivities to things like going to the bathroom. in my son's case, i honestly believe it took him a LONG time to recognize the sensation of needing to get to the toilet for a bowel movement because his body was hyposensitive to it, like it didn't feel it the way most other kids do. make sense?

does she have olfactory issues at all (smell issues)? that's one reason too that i think some kids prefer not to use the bathroom because of the smell of it. when it's in your pants or your diaper the smell is stifled. i don't know, just a couple thoughts. good luck.

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