Not sure if this is behavior or SPD

by Courtney O

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 week we wore panties on her to daycare, she had maybe two accidents, that whole week! She has been doing wonderful for being so young.

Lately though she has been having more and more accidents at daycare and at home. We will sit her on the potty and tell her to pee sometimes she will jump up and say "Yay I pee pee" and nothing is there, so we sit her down again. Other times she might sit there for a min and say she doesnt need to, so we will get her off. A few minuets later she will go and pee on the carpet.

The other day she was sitting on our hardwood floor, I looked down and she had a puddle under her, I said "Honey you just peed on the floor", and she looked down like she didnt realize. Not sure what to think. Has anyone had this type of experience? What could we do to help her?

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Colleen Devlin
by: Good Question

So, I can't say for certain because I don't know your child, and every child is different. In addition, my child is hypersensitive. If your child is hyposenstiive (meaning she her senses are under stimulated) than this may be WAY off base. I have a 4 year old with SPD and a 6 year old who does not have SPD.

So, with all that said, I would say that this sounds like standard potty training issues. Potty training is so hard when you are in the middle of it. Mostly because it requires such rigidity at the beginning (lining them up every 1 1/2 to go to the bathroom, handling accidents, LAUNDRY OVER AND OVER). My son didn't potty train until he was mid to late 3s, and my daughter was potty trained (during the days) in her late 2s. I think in general boys take a little longer. My son's daycare did not express concern about having him completely potty trained until mid 3s.

I think you are doing a great job. When she made a puddle, you said "Uh-Oh we had an accident." In the beginning, you just have to point it out to them that they are wet. She would have felt it eventually, but she was probably too busy on the floor with playing.

Learning about SPD is such a journey for me. I keep asking folks about what is normal at 4. So, it was nice to be able to write a note to someone else saying what is normal at 2. :-)

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