talk to me about Kindergarten (general education) and a not-potty trained child..or any other bowel issues in an older child! - Mothering Forums

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#1 of 3 Old 11-07-2010, 05:07 PM - Thread Starter
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TO sum it up.

DD (newly 5) will be attended K next year. We start registration in Jan. She is bright and academically and socially totally ready for K. She had delays when younger (feeding therapy, PT, etc) but has come so very far. The only lingering preemie 'issue' is she has no bowel/bladder control at this point. We do not forsee it being 'solved' by next fall.

We dont know why. She has chronic constipation and has since birth. She is on reflux meds and HIGH doses of Miralax. We are being seen by a GI specialist. They have MRI'd her spine (no SB occulta), and we did bowel biopsies last week...waiting on results. THe urine incontinence is thought to be a result of the bowels pushing on the bladder and not a seperate issue. She has not ever been potty trained , in any way--despite many tries.

We will be writing a 504 for her to make sure her needs are met at school, but I am not sure what or how to request or ask/who or what to take care of her restroom needs.

K is all day here- so someone will HAVE to help her to make sure she does not get rashes, leaks, etc.

Anyone have a fully ambulatory, non-potty trained K child in a general ed classroom? How was it handled? Socially how did it go? Medically how did it go?
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I do not know how they handle it in every school district, but in ours it would be handled by scheduled nurse trips. You would leave clothes/supplies in the nurses office and you child would have scheduled times to go to the nurse to change he pull up. Most of the girl here wear shorts under their dresses, so most kids would not know unless she leaks or smells. In that case, the teacher will usually send the child to the nurse immediately.

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We went through something similar with my son when he started at the public school in K.   At the time my son had a bladder problem so he could not hold it in and had to go quite frequently.  Thankfully he outgrew this problem a few years latter but at the time it was realy hard for him and his teachers (and myself) to handle his bathroom needs.  When he started K he realy was not potty trained yet and everyday I  sent him in wearing underwear with 3 complete changes of clothes in his backpack each day.  He had an aide with him in the classroom and a sped teacher that worked with him so our experience may be different to your childs experience.  The aide would take him to the bathroom about every hour to hour and a half throughout the day and he stayed dry almost all the time.  We also did this at home and it worked at home too.  He did get in some trouble for needing to go too often which I was realy hurt by as it was not his fault but overall the school's plan worked well for him.



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