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Potty Training - Does it take longer for a child with Down Syndrome?

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potty training a boy with Down Syndrome
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My son Cade is 3 1/2 years old and I’m starting to tackle potty training. Maybe I should have started earlier, but I was in uncharted waters. He’s a boy (I had had two girls previously), and he has Down Syndrome.So, why didn’t I start earlier? I think the question wasn’t whether he was ready. Rather, it was whether I was ready. I was gunshy.

I had read in a book that it could take YEARS! How was I going to handle this?

Since that time, I’ve received words of encouragement and heard stories about potty training that weren’t too far from the experiences of training a typical child to go to the potty. I know, however, it really depends on the individual child. And, whether it takes three days or three years, I’m there.

So, this weekend I’m armed with a book from our daycare. I plan to take Cade to the potty as much as possible, make it fun and see how he reacts. The next part is up to him.

Do any of you have some positive experiences with potty training boys? Any miracles? 

I would love to hear from you … just in case this venture goes south … but not in the potty.  — Linda Lynn

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Linda Lynn

Linda Lynn was born and raised in rural Oklahoma. A graduate of Purcell High School, Lynn began working at The Oklahoman in 1987 as a reporter after earning a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma. She has served as both a... Read more ›

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