Dave just read this before I posted and he said it was maybe too much information. I guess it it, but that is what the purpose of this month is, to give too much information and hopefully a little of it will help someone else. Plus, it is my blog, so whatever Dave. ?
When you have a 12 year old you typically have nothing to do with when they go to the bathroom. Unfortunately, we are still very involved with Camryn in this area. We are very blessed that at 3 years old she was potty trained in one weekend, while listening to The Beatles by a team of ABA therapists. Thanks Sue, Dana, Kelly and Katherine! The weekend was nicknamed Potty Like A Rockstar. She did an amazing job and was BY FAR the easiest of the girls to potty train. Since that weekend she has been great, but there are some issues that she still struggles with.
Camryn will never tell us that she has to go the bathroom. Because of this, we have to remind her when she needs to go. The therapists at our house everyday are using timers to train her. She hears the timer, tells them she has to use the bathroom, uses it and then gets a piece of candy. The other three participate for the free candy. We are looking into the future and her employability and that is why this continues to be a goal. We need her to learn that she has to go to the bathroom during the day so as an adult she doesn’t begin to have accidents while at work where there won’t be people to remind her. This technique will hopefully help us begin to achieve this goal.
Also, if we don’t sit Camryn on a toilet with an iPad or books she will not have a bowel movement . Unfortunetly there have been some miscommunications. Dave thought I sat her, I thought he sat her. Because of these miscommunications, she has had accidents in the car, pool and other places. Every summer I fear that she will have an accident at the Y where we swim. We have decided that this year we aren’t putting her in that situation by going there anymore. Instead, we’ll swim at my friends’ pools. They love Cam too much to get upset.
Wiping is another issue. Camryn cannot wipe herself after she has a bowel movement. Dave and I have to wipe her each time. This is something that we will continue to work on. We want her to be as independent as she can in the future and we have complete confidence that she will be able to one day do this.
Slow and steady wins the race…
Sorry if this is TMI! This is life and this is life of a person who has a child with a disability.