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Potty Training A Blind Toddler

Hello. I am a mother of a beautiful 2-year-old girl. She has been blind since birth and has been doing extremely well otherwise. A big concern of mine as a parent is potty training. I'm not really sure how to go about it and I feel that I should at least get her familiar with what it is at an early age so she can be comfortable with it. She can't talk or walk yet so I'm not sure if I should wait for her to hit those milestones first. I just feel that if she's going to be going to school by the age of 3 that I should try to potty train her for my sake and the teacher's sake. What should I do? Please help!

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so how do you train a 21 yr old mother that just thinks she knows everything and complains that her 4 yr old wont go to the potty? it just kills me that i'm having to go backwards to help with this issue and im not getting anywhere because I have go through a brick wall in order to get to what really needs to be done to help this baby


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hi my son is 5,autisic and not yet potty trained, communication is limited but were getting there. Once again there is no help, advice or tips for anyone of our children.I too was hoping to read through this site and find some sort of advice or tips...but it seems everyone of us is in the same boat, which quite frankly is shocking! The only advice we were given on the potty training issue was; 1. Decide on an agreed time to begin the training. 2.once you take away the nappies dont re-introduce them, this will simply confuse your child and make it harder for them in the long run. 3.it will be really hard, but i think all we can do is constanly reassure our kids and but VERY VERY patient and cross our fingers.
this was the advice given to us from his V.I. teacher who has helped to potty train a lot of blind children. started today and stressed already!!! really hope i dont give in.
in a nut shell i think its just when you think your child understands the basics for going to the toilet, youve just got to decide when and go for it!!! Unfortunatley there are no proven methods for our kids, just use your gut instinct and go for it!!! i hope this is motivational for even one parent....get in touch with us if it will help FOR ANYTHING....we certainly know where all the above parents are coming from!! GOOD LUCK XXXX


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Hi guys, I have a 17 month old daughter who is blind. She's actually doing very well getting potty trained! I started putting her on the toilet when she was old enough to sit there by herself, and she got familiar with it right away. Now she "asks" (although she isn't talking yet) to get out of the bathtub when she has to go, and even sometimes during the day she'll come up to me, complain a little bit, and crawl toward the bathroom. I put her on the toilet, and she goes!
I think you just have to stick with it. When I'm really serious about it, I'm going to do it the same way I trained my oldest (who was trained at 14 months old). I put her in underpants, and stuck her on the toilet after every meal, every nap, and eventually I just knew when she had to go. :) Just keep up the work, it all pays off.
http://jennohara-theblindspot.blogspot.com


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My name is Joy, I have a 4year old daughter named Jasmine. She has been blind since birth. I'm still having problems getting her to sit on the potty at home, but she will sit on it at school. She will have a tantrum if I try to sit her on the potty at home. To the lady with the child that is 21/2 your worried about her walking and talking just give her some time my daughter took her first steps when she was around 20mths and she just started saying small words last year just continue to work with her and she will start soon. I understand where you guys are coming from about the potty training because Jasmine starts kindertgarden this August but thankful her teachers are working with her.


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Hi, I am mum to a 3 year old boy who is also blind. We are having the same problem as everyone else with regards to potty training. Although we live in the UK, the most helpful website I have found is US based- it is wonderbaby.org - go to special needs articles-development-potty training. It also has many other useful articles, I hope it helps. We are keen to try potty training, but with communication difficulties, and our son has constipation problems, it is proving to be quite a task. This website however, does give a really good guideline. Good luck everyone.


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i am also a mom to a blind 6 yaer old boy his name is triston! he loves music and he will dance up a storm but i am having alot of problems with potty training him he will sit there no problem but will not go he trys to put his hands an the water to play! i will leave him on there for 30 minutes and he refuses to go but as soon as i get him off he goes in his diaper


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Hi everyone. I have a 2 year old baby boy, that was not born blind but was 4 months premature and as a result of the oxygen levels he had to have caused detatched retinas. Although he has had 4 surgeries the doctors have given us no hope for vision recovery. Even though I have several unanswered questions one that is really puzzling os potty training. I have read through all of your posts and I guess it would probally be best to wait ,but like most of you I have read about I don't like to wait for things to happen, I like to make them happen sooner rather than later. He is getting around well,(crawling all over the house actually) He does know where the bathroom is but unfortunatly only to splash in the toilet water (YUCK!!) Anyway my husband and I are wonddering if there is any new advise that you can give!! Thanks


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Our twins were born at 25 wks and Jake is doing great and was potty trained around 3.5 yrs of age. Did it himself when he was ready. He's impaired in one eye but great vision in the other.

Joe is legally blind. Blind in his right eye and very impaired in his left and at almost 4.5 years of age he refuses to potty train. He'll sit on the potty ok but I'm just not sure he fully understands the concept yet. He got off the potty the other day (I told him not to leave the bathroom) and then a few minutes later peed on the floor. I'm just unsure if he fully understands. He wasn't angry so I don't think he did it on purpose. His vision teacher consultant that works with him at school suggested that he go with Jake to the bathroom when he goes and even put his hand in Jake's pee stream so he knows what Jake is doing. Obviously I have to wash his hand after!!! :) I did that a couple of times but it didn't seem to really help him and they both just giggled about it :) If anybody else has ideas or comes across some book or something please email me at jjrapelje@yahoo.com. Or if you want to chat too :) It's a challenge having a blind child and sometimes it would be nice just to have somebody else that understands what we're going through :) We have a 2.5 year old boy too so I'm really going to have to push the issue if I get him trained before Joe!


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Hi I'm a mother of a 5 yr old who was born pre-mature. He's blind in both eyes and has yet to communicate by sentences. I'm having a very hard time potty-training him. He sort-of understands that he has to go in the toilet but insist on going in his pamper. Anyone could give me tips on how to potty train him. I would greatly appriciate it.


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my son is 5 years old and blind and has struggled with his bone density being so low causing him to break easily. He's only been walking for a little over 2 years but still does it slowly (he's not the fastest child). My husband and I are at a lost on ideas on how to potty train him. Most of the time I think he is content with going in his diaper. I was wondering if you had any ideas on how to potty train him. I would like to have him potty trained by the time he starts kindergarten in the fall. If you have any ideas, advice, or knowledge to share with us it would be very much appreciated.


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I am a mother of 1, my daughter was born with ONH in both eyes. She is and was always smarter then a baby that can see, she turned 2 on feb. 4. she loves the thought of going but tends to go after she is off the potty, I need help because I need to know if there is a spical way to potty trian the blind. I bought a fun potty at target that makes fun sounds and all but its not helping. what do I do.


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Hey, I am a mother of 4 year old boy who was blind at birth. I know that I am not the only one now. He will be 5 in march and his vision teacher at school let me know that he would be in kindergarden next school year and would be all day and that he would have to be potty trained. I work with him at home and all of his teachers work with him at school sometimes he will go but he always wants his diaper on he will tell me when he goes or when he poops and will tell me to change his diaper. I have other issues with eating he won't chew things up other than cookies or fruit loops. He will not feed himself anything other than that and I don't know what to do anymore. I cannot get him to drink out of any cup other than these new cups called nuby that have a soft tip. I know this is a challenge for all of us but I feel like theirs not alot of help for us exept for talking to each other I live in south carolina and I feel lucky to have found the teacher he has now but before this school noone was specilize to teach him and the one that was was only seeing him once a week for 30 minutes. Why is their no help out their anymore. Thanks Donna from SC


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Hi I am a mother of 3 beautiful children, and my oldest son Zachary is 2 1/2 who was born blind. He is walking and eating on his own. Every once in a while he will talk, but as for going to the potty I don't even know where to begin when it comes to that area. I try sitting him on the potty, but he gets scared. I need help and sugestions on where to begin when it comes to potty training. He also has a problem with hitting himself. Every time he gets frusterated or angry he takes it out on himself. Is this normal when it comes to blind children? Is my child the only one that does that? Soemtimes it's easier to ask someone who is experiencing it, because majority of the time doctors don't know how to respond.
Thanks Athena Galaviz
Mesa, AZ


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Well I am glad to find out that Im not the only one going through this!! My little girl is 6 in a half and doesnt walk yet on her own. She is scared so she wont walk alone. She will walk however holding a hand or onto the wall but is not confident in doing so alone. We have been trying to potty train and she will go if we take her. But cant get up and go in there by herself. She will sometimes tell us when she has to go but not all the time. I just dont know what to do anymore!! She is almost seven but is still like a 2 or 3 year old. Please help!! If you have any sugestions please please email me!! my email is arionas_lil_mama@yahoo.com Any suggestions will help. Thanks Tiffany


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hi, i am also a mother of a 5 year old boy who has been blind since birth. it is very hard to potty train him. he doesn't talk much, just some basic words, he has been in school since he was 3. i sit him on the potty as much as i can and still he waits until i put a pull up back on him the he goes. i am willing to try anything to get him going to the potty.


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hi ,well just so ya'll know i'm a mom of a little boy who has been blind since birth Born at 23wks has cerabal Palsy and Aspergers.. has been in school since the age of 3 ,didn't start walking till he was 4 and didn't start talking until he was 5 and still only has limited speech snack ,drink words of that nature although this year he started Kindergarten and has been coming home singing row row your boat ...i'm extatic yeah he will be turning 6 this december and still has no desire to sit on the potty i can stand him up at the potty and sometimes he will pee he will tell me yuck or yucky when he is poopy but of course thats after the fact ...but as you all know it is a long long road ...we beleave that he will do it when he is good and ready just as it has been with everything with him i wanted my son to be potty trained before Kindergarten But that just wasn't in the cards .....hopefully by the end of the school year or maybe next year ...my little girl had her potty trained before she was 2 and i used m&ms to reward her ....that just doesn't work for him so if anyone comes up with a Brilliant Idea please please Let me know my e-mail is rawleighdrgn@aol.com .....thank you all for listening Becky


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I am the very proud Nana of a just turned 6 year old who is blind from birth. I'm so glad that I'm not the only person out here with this kind of problem! Madison talks up a storm, knows ABC's, counts to 20, and can recite the Pledge of Alligiance. But potty training is a goal we haven't yet mastered. No one I asked seemed to have an answer on when and how to potty train a blind child. She has been sitting on the potty about every half hour and sometimes she does tinkle in the potty but more often than not she waits til she's got her "big girl" panties on and then messes in them. So frustrating!!! I don't know if the technique I'm using is right or wrong. She's in 1st grade this year and I'm sure they don't want to deal with this any more than we do. So if anyone has the "magic" solution, please let me know. Worried the school personnel will think she's not being cared for properly. Thanks for a place to go where other people understand!!!


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Hello, my name is Stephanie. I'm a 22 y/o mother to a 2 y/o blind toddler. Samantha. She's my world. I'm currently trying to get full custody of her, her father and I had a bad split and the parish we were in is where he grew up, so I got the short end of the stick. He has nothing to do with her, her paternal grandmother and I are the ones who take care of her.

Her grandmother and I decided that a two it was time to start potty training. I mean, that's when most children start, right? well I found this message board ob google...i didn't realize, I guess, that just like everything else, potty training will be a struggle and will probably not happen when most children start...has anyone had any luck? Should I start trying now, or wait?

Stef


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Hello everyone! My daughter, Jasmine, is doing wonderfully but is still not potty trained! Today was the last day of school for her, so I'm going to make it my project and personal goal to have her potty-trained for the next school year. The more independent that she is, the better!

Jasmine is imitating words constantly and she is finally understanding how to communicate. It's been amazing watching her progress through all of these years. The potty-training however is still a struggle. I have actually considered buying one of those musical potties, but they are just so incredibly small for a four-year-old. Jasmine is actually much taller than most four-year-olds, so I'm concerned that the potty would be useless to us. I am just shocked that I can't find any articles on the internet on how to potty-train blind children. I'm sure it has been done, obviously! I just don't understand why the information is unavailable when it is so desperately needed. If anyone has any links, or websites, or even personal experience on this topic please write on this board. I have kept up with my questions for years now and will continue to do so until I come up with a great answer. And when I do finally find the answer one day, just know that I will share it with the world! Best of luck to all and again, any suggestions are always welcome! Thanks!

Cindy
Mommy of 2: Jassy, age: 4 and Johnny, age: 5 months


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I have a 5 year old who goes thru all of the steps,everything except for acutally going. He is visually impaired and loves to listen to music. I was thinking of trying the musical bath tub toys that when you touch the tops they play music. Or there's a musical potty out on the market and when water hits the bottom of the potty it plays a tune. Do you think it would work? has anyone tried them?


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Hi everyone!! It's me again! I am so glad that I'm not the only one struggling with this issue. My daughter is now almost 4 (will be in March) and is still not potty trained. I'm still at a loss as to how to go about teaching that very important life skill to her. I do put her on the potty and have her sit there after I know that she's had a lot to drink and hasn't gone to the bathroom. After sitting there for a really long time (30-45 min. sometimes!) she finally goes, but I feel that it's crazy for me to have her sit there that long for her to go to the bathroom. I also make her wear her undies for a while so that she can feel the difference between the undies and diapers. I guess I'm just wanting her to feel how much more comfortable underwear is and if she does in fact go to the bathroom while she's wearing them, she will understand that she will make a mess of herself. I want her to understand that it's a very uncomfortable thing to make a mess of yourself while wearing undies. My goal I guess is to want to go potty because she enjoys the undies and dislikes feeling dirty. I don't know. Maybe I'm going about this all wrong, but I'm really not sure how else to approach this. And like everything else that I've taught my daughter, it takes time and patience. She always seems to learn everything eventually. It just tends to take a little bit longer, and that's okay!

I had posted something else about teaching her how to feed herself and have finally gotten her to do it! She is doing really, really well with fingerfoods and is doing phenomenal with eating with utensils. She generally needs some guidance while eating with utensils. I tend to do a lot of hand-over-hand and that has worked wonders. She is now holding her cup very independently and even raises it up (with her arms) to get the juice from the bottom of the cup. That was a huge milestone and achievement for her because we were having a really hard time getting her to understand that she needed to lift her arms in order for her to get to the juice. So I am really pleased to say that she is doing well and has made significant progress in many areas including speech, which was also a huge hurdle for her.

I recently had another baby this past Christmas (literally, on Christmas Day!) and her vocabulary has just skyrocketed since his birth. She went from having around 3 words to having around 15-20 in a very short span of time. So again, I'm really proud of my daughter for all of the progress that she's made and just want to let every parent out there know that your child will one day learn whatever it is that you are trying to teach them. Just remember that they have to do it at their own pace. My daughter was 2 when I first posted this message and she is now almost 4. So as you can see it takes time, but the progress definitely shows. I hope that someone out there will post some advice on how to potty train a blind toddler because as of now, I've run out of ideas and I'm not sure that I'm going about it the right way. I hope someone will respond and help us parents out that are struggling with this topic. It will be greatly and deeply appreciated. Thank you all so much for all of your input and stories. I always love to learn new ways of teaching my child. I'm sure you all feel the same. Thanks again!

Love,
Cindy (mom of 2!)
Jasmine (almost 4) and Jonathan Jr. (7 weeks)


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Goodluck. I wanted so badly for my little girl to be potty trained by the time she started school. The last time I posted to this thread my daughter was just barely turning 2. She is now 3, in school and still has no interest in potty training.

If you find any secret to training a blind toddler, please please pass it on. My daughter HATES wearing her pullups and it makes for some very messy moments. She takes it off to go on the floor but won't go on the potty.


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Hi. I just found this site by googling Potty training for blind toddlers. I can't believe it has taken this long to find this site. Anyways I also have a daughter who is 5 and soon to be 6. She is not yet potty trained and seems to have no intrest. She sits on potty only to count to 50 and to recieve a cheese puff after. She has become addicted to her pull-up and does not like it off for long amounts of time. She has been in school since 3 and the teachers and I are doing what we can for her. This is very frustrating and I wish there were more I could do.


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hi my boy was born blind and Im having trouble with the hole toliet traing he sits on the loo well and is happy but once I leave to do something he has either put his foot in the toilet or has got off the toilet and played in the water any sujestions he is about to start morning kindy! do i back off and not worry or do I keep pushing?
from mum to twins


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If it make syou feel any better, my daughter is 3.5 and will not go on the potty. She has no problem sitting there, actually has fun sitting there, but she will wait until she gets off the potty to go in her daiper or panties. She has even sat there for 45 minutes once just because I though eventually she would go and she hadn't gone in 3 hours. But nope she was gonna hold it. Of course she learned a new language 7 months ago, she is adopted from Guatemala, so that may have something to do with her not understanding what we want her to do, but when I go to the toilet, she says "mommu go potty?" so I think she is just stubburn...lol. So we are going to focus on it this summer while school is out. But our school has been very understanding, and while they want her potty trained they know I can't force her to do it. And she will be in pre-K for 2 more school years before she goes for more than 3 hours a day, so there is plenty of time.

Nichole
http://miasvisionexperience.blogspot.com


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Hi Jenna,

I'm sorry I haven't posted in some time. School has kept my schedule quite hectic so I haven't really had time to type anything other than homework. I would absolutely love to keep in touch with you. We definitely sound like we're in the same boat! My daughter, on the other hand, is 2 1/2 and I'm just really concerned with her speech and walking at this point. I bought Jasmine a little potty seat to go on the actual toilet so I won't confuse her. I didn't want to buy her one her size in other words. I also bought her a little step stool to go along with it. I've got her to pee on the toilet twice! I basically just sit her on the toilet and explain to her what she needs to do there. I don't put any pressure on her, so if she doesn't go that's okay. But when she did finally go, I just went nuts! So I know that she knew that what she did was a good thing. I'm still taking it kinda slow simply because she's not talking and she can't quite tell me when she has to go to the bathroom, but what I do want to get across to her at this point is the concept of going to the bathroom on the toilet. As long as she's got that down, I feel that when she is able to tell me that she's gotta go potty, that she'll know exactly what to do and where to go. I hope that helps a little.

Cindy


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I have been reading your posts and you and I are in the EXACT same boat right now girl! My daughter is also two or will be in a few days. My mother keeps pushing me to potty train her but how on earth can you potty train a child who cannot walk or talk? I know you do not know me but seeing as we are going through the same things with a little girl the same age you can email me anytime you want to chat @ jennared77@yahoo.com. Maybe we can trade secrets to doing all this stuff and learn as we go alone or something!

Take care and goodluck!


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Thank you for your advice. That was my main concern: starting school and not being potty trained. She will also be going to school at the age of 3. I was just more concerned about not being there to change her or to help her try and actually go in the restroom. But I do have faith in my daughter. I was just wondering if there was anything I could do to maybe encourage her to try it, but waiting always seems to be the best answer to everything. Thanks again.


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HI, I have a 4 year old daughter that was also born blind. You should wait until your daughter is ready for potty training. Maybe introduce her to it but dont force her to sit on it they'll will do it on their own time. my daughter started preschool last year and wasnt potty trained the teachers and I are working on it together. She will get there give her time my daughter has just started really using the bathroom and wanting to because i quit forcing her to and she just did it on her own time. so dont get discouraged she'll do it in time.


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