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Many know this is a population that is hard to potty train, I am closely linked with children with autism and their parents, wondering if anyone's tried this yet? Even older kids, like 3-4?
 

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thats a really interesting question. im looking forward to hearing what people have to say!
 

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I would also love to hear what people say about late training special needs children with EC.
 

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I don't know if I can answer your question specifically, but I did use EC with my oldest ds who was later dx'd with ASD.<br><br>
He did great as I started at about 6 weeks (as soon as I heard about it, he is now 6). He was diaper-free most of the time by 4 months, very consistent with poops, not always with pees. He was so intensely interested in what he was doing (even from a very young age) that he could focus on nothing else, so when he was in that mode the pee thing went out the window.<br><br>
Things went along great, I thought we had graduated. Then at around 18 months old he just stopped peeing in the potty. Flat out refused. And that was that, he refused consistently until he was 3 (though he pooped every time in the toilet, never one accident). One day he decided he was going to use the toilet again and never had a single miss since.<br><br>
I will also add that it was nearly impossible to EC my 2nd ds with a 2.5 yo with ASD. He never used the potty (just the toilet) but shrieked every time I put ds2 on it. He freaked out whenever I pottied ds2 at all. It got to the point where ds2 was scared to EC (who could blame him with all the shrieking). Although we got such a great start, and I was so excited to do it from birth with ds2 it just wasn't worth the stress. We had enough of that already. So with much guilt I gave up. And didn't even attempt it with dd, nor will I with the new baby. I am sure it would go better now, but with a special needs kid you really have to change priorities.<br><br>
I would think that it *could* be a helpful tool for families with SN kids. But it also could just be one more thing to fail at or feel guilt over. It really depends on the SN in question and the family's situation.
 

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I forgot to mention that I do think the whole EC experience was very helpful in the long run. I think my ds would have been a very late trainer because of all his fears and anxieties, plus he is so resistive to trying new things. Since we used EC right from early on he never got used to the feeling of dirty diapers (though wet ones never bothered him) and he was just accustomed to going in the toilet. If we hadn't done it he likely would have been in diapers for a very long time.
 

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I don't know how many Canadians are following this thread, but I do recall the Globe & Mail (yes! believe it or not!!!) ran an article on ECing back in October 2006 where they interviewed a few moms from DiaperFree Toronto, and one of the moms had a special needs kid (not autism, something else I don't recall--spina bifida, maybe?) and this mother in particular was thankful to be using EC with this child, as it would prevent a lifetime of having to use disposable diapers in one form or another.<br><br>
Good luck with your search!
 

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There is a short chapter on potty training with special needs in <i>Diaper-free Before Three</i> which is more like late-starting EC...
 
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