I really need some help...or something. As anyone who has read my blog knows, my oldest daughter has special needs. She was born with Trisomy 9 Mosaic and we didn't really even know it until recently. Anyways, her major delays are speech and potty training. I mean, if you don't have words or a way to really communicate, how can you learn to use the potty?
I've been kind of waiting around to see how she would mature before really tackling it. Plus, her being at school, they do take her to the potty regularly, and she has gone a few times here at home. She will be five in January and I would really, really like to have her trained or at least in the process of it by then. Every morning almost, she leaks out of the pull ups. I bought diapers for awhile, but she needs pull ups for school, so rather than buy both I just get pull ups. They just don't hold, and she almost always has a poo first thing. So I changed the sheets and wash her gowns everyday. Not to mention it takes half the day for the urine/poop smell to go away.
I thought about buying cloth diapers again for her size, but I just didn't think I could commit to doing that with everything else that's going on not to mention it is costly at first. I do use cloth diapers for Sarah, but lately I've been using a lot of disposables. Will life ever get boring???
So, I'm just not sure what to do. I can't seem to find any good resources on the subject. The only thing I found is the book about training in less than a day, which was supposedly created for handicapped/special needs people. It sure seems like a lot of work to me. She really does understand the concept, it's just training her to respond to the potty and learning to hold it. I found the ASL sign for potty and have been trying to teach it to her, not consistently though. It's just one of those things I'm procrastinating about.