Potty training is something every parent must go through. But is potty training your child with a toddler speech delay even more difficult? Know that potty training a child with a speech delay may happen a little later than kids without a speech delay. Children who are learning to use the potty, whether it be the toilet or their own potty, are also learning the words associated with having to go to the bathroom. If your child has a toddler speech delay, he might not be able to speak the words to you to let you know he has to go, or that he has had an accident.
Despite not having the words to express himself, he will still let you know in his own way. He will give you non-verbal cues, so pay attention to him! This is actually a learning opportunity for everyone involved. You as his parent will get to see how best your child learns, as you are going to be focusing on positives rather than his mistakes. Check out these tips for potty training while also dealing with a toddler speech delay.
Potty training while dealing with a toddler speech delay
Potty schedule: Have a schedule for your child to use the bathroom. After meals and drinks, take him to the bathroom after 45 minutes. Speak to him slowly. Stay in the bathroom with him, and stay for a few minutes to allow him to go. He may not. So bring him back in a few minutes.
Praise: Be very positive! Accidents are going to happen, and this is not due to your child having a speech delay, all kids who are potty training having accidents. Granted, you may experience more accidents until you can both learn his non-verbal cues, but you will get the hang of it. Getting upset when he has accidents is not good for training or his self-esteem. He is not doing it on purpose, he is learning. How would you feel if while learning to ride your bike your mom scolded you when you fell?
Prepare yourself: Not only does your child have to be ready for this, but so do you. Go into potty training with the understanding that you have to be patient, very patient. Everyone else involved in your child’s potty training must be the same way, and they must have the understanding that it might be a little different than potty training a child who does not have a speech delay.
Instill in your child that it is something he is very capable of. Take him for frequent potty breaks and use words associated with having to use the bathroom. Potty training is not just a teachable moment for the obvious, but also a time to work on his speech, language development and communication skills.
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