In a word, no.
This try at potty training didn’t last weeks like it did when we first gave it a shot back in December.
This time I lasted for ONE WHOLE FREAKING HOUR.
See notes below.
Within the first hour of the first day I cleaned up five pee-puddles and took nine trips to the bathroom with Lennon.
Mind you, these weren’t little pee-puddles. He empties every single time he goes. And somehow he has enough fluid in him to fill the Mississippi River. Twice.
Bonus – I had yet to even give him ANY LIQUID for the day.
I think I had convinced myself that his disrobing down to his bare bottom every chance he could was a sign that he didn’t like being wet. That he didn’t want to be in diapers. But it was all just wishful thinking.
Last week I even took part in the first session on an intensive for potty training kids with autism through FEAT and Behavior Essentials. The first session was all about “readiness.” She went over a fairly comprehensive list of the skills, outlined below.
Here are the ones we could mark as a skill Lennon had. Basically, he pees a lot and can take his pants off. The other one circled just had to do with me.
Needless to say, I didn’t see the point in attending the follow-up sessions.
All that said, I’m still going to see where he’s at every six months or so by swapping out diapers for underwear and making bathroom visits on set intervals. Plus all the other craziness that goes along with potty training, most importantly of which would be scheduling it at a time when Lennon’s RBT can take the 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. shift and my mom can visit to help with the rest. Seriously though.
In the meantime I’ll do by best to help him develop more of the readiness skills.
And our BCBA suggested we chat with our pediatrician about his bladder and how often he goes to make sure there isn’t some underlying issue.
Until next time!