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Connection between speech delays and potty training?
October 11, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Hi: I am Heather and my ds is 10. He has speech problems and this has caused many issues in his learning and development and also in his social interaction with other kids at school. He is very shy and just doesnt really speak very much to anyone.

Well the latest issue we are trying to work on is with the potty. We started PT very late and he was 5 before he began to understand. Currently he wets every night and still has occasional daytime issues, usually when he is busy doing something and doesnt stop to go potty.

I'd like to hear what you other moms have to say about this and have any of you had any experience with these issues. Thank You!!

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  • banana-bear
    October 11, 2012 at 9:18 AM
    There might be a correlation, there might not be. My daughters were speech delayed: one started potty training at 3 and was day trained within a month, one started potty training at 2 and was day trained within a year and a half....yes, it took that long! Both still wet at night but since I started my 6 year old on daily Miralax, her night accidents have dwindled down to just once or twice a week; compared to every night before.

    I believe this is something you should bring up with his pediatrician. Has he seen a urologist to make sure everything is in functioning order?
  • Jessiejack
    October 11, 2012 at 9:18 AM
    So so normal for night time wetting. My BIL was 12 when he stopped wetting at night. My DD was 9.
  • mjande4
    by mjande4
    October 11, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    I don't have experience with this, but I know that it is HIGHLY recommended that you get him a watch with a timer.  Set it to go off every hour and make it crystal clear that WHEN it goes off, he is to STOP whatever he is doing and GO!  Good luck!

    Quoting heathermom77:

    Hi: I am Heather and my ds is 10. He has speech problems and this has caused many issues in his learning and development and also in his social interaction with other kids at school. He is very shy and just doesnt really speak very much to anyone.

    Well the latest issue we are trying to work on is with the potty. We started PT very late and he was 5 before he began to understand. Currently he wets every night and still has occasional daytime issues, usually when he is busy doing something and doesnt stop to go potty.

    I'd like to hear what you other moms have to say about this and have any of you had any experience with these issues. Thank You!!


  • January1964
    October 11, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Well, my daughter was very advanced with her speech. At 2, the pediatrician said she was "off the charts" with her verbal skills. But, she didn't catch on to toilet training until she was 3 and a half. It's only now that she's fully trained, no accidents, and dry overnight. I was surprised, since she's so smart, I thought I'd have had her trained early but that was not the case.

  • mommaFruFru
    October 11, 2012 at 9:27 AM
    Both my older boys are speech delayed, and still have ongoing spee h problems. Both were potty trained by 2.5, with little work.

    Night time wetting until puberty, usually, us nothing to worry about. They have little bladders and their hormones are not on full blast yet. If you are truelt worried, seek a pediatric urologist.
  • heathermom77
    October 11, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Oh yes, pedi is right on top of it and there seems to be no  medical reason this happens. Pedi says be patient :)

    Quoting banana-bear:

    There might be a correlation, there might not be. My daughters were speech delayed: one started potty training at 3 and was day trained within a month, one started potty training at 2 and was day trained within a year and a half....yes, it took that long! Both still wet at night but since I started my 6 year old on daily Miralax, her night accidents have dwindled down to just once or twice a week; compared to every night before.

    I believe this is something you should bring up with his pediatrician. Has he seen a urologist to make sure everything is in functioning order?


  • coolmommy2x
    October 11, 2012 at 9:38 AM
    In his case it might be. DS was very verbal and trained at 3. DD was speech delayed and trained at 2 1/2.
  • VeronicaTex
    October 11, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    What you said about your son's pediatrician's remarks is very similar to what my daughter's said about potty training:  "Be patient".  He added, "When it comes to potty training and a child, he/she needs to be the one who makes an issue of it.

    My daughter, a 19 year old with Down Syndrome also had speech delays.  At present she still babbles and self-talks when she is by herself, and when she does speak she says only 1-2 words at a time.  She does, however, comprehend English and Spanish perfectly.

    Just a suggestion:  The teachers in my daughter's class taught her how to sign.  That included the American Sign Language sign for going to the bathroom.  What that consists of is putting the right hand in a gentle fist and turning it from right to left.

    Seeing that your son is speech-delayed, this might be a different way to communicate that he needs to use the bathroom for his teacher and for you until he gains the skill to say that for himself or do it on his own.

    I have also heard that praise helps when a child does things in a timely fashion.

    Good luck to both of you!!!!!

    Veronica


    Quoting heathermom77:

    Oh yes, pedi is right on top of it and there seems to be no  medical reason this happens. Pedi says be patient :)

    Quoting banana-bear:

    There might be a correlation, there might not be. My daughters were speech delayed: one started potty training at 3 and was day trained within a month, one started potty training at 2 and was day trained within a year and a half....yes, it took that long! Both still wet at night but since I started my 6 year old on daily Miralax, her night accidents have dwindled down to just once or twice a week; compared to every night before.

    I believe this is something you should bring up with his pediatrician. Has he seen a urologist to make sure everything is in functioning order?



  • Neon1980
    October 11, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    My 6yo ds is speech delayed.  He potty trained at 3 and was day and night trained very quickly and only has rare accidents.  He is very talkative and has lots of friends at school.  The kids are very understanding and patient with him.  He has been in speech therapy for 3 years now through the school system and is really showing a lot of improvement this year.

  • heathermom77
    October 11, 2012 at 11:30 PM
    Lately it seems to have gotten worse with him and it seems to me that the more frustrated he is with his speech, the more accidents happen. I am reminding him to go potty as often as I can but when he is at his dads it's not consistent. Today while he was playing outside, he pooped in his pants and i mean he completely finished and that was right after I had just made him try the potty. He wouldn't answer me when I asked him and when I took him in the bathroom he bawled for 30 minutes. 4th day in a row with an accident! I am very frustrated!
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