Friday, November 5, 2010
Junior & Potty Training
The doctor told me to lay off, and I have been. We went back to pullups and I haven't really pressed the issue.
Preschool doesn't feel the same way, and they put a lot of pressure on him. One teacher in particular, who has to be all of 19, is on his case to potty train. Bottom line......Junior can't stand her, and I don't push that either.
Well the lead teacher decided that my sweet boy needed to have a behavioral therapist come to observe him.
My response? Bring.it.on. I know he's stubborn (like his dad).
She came to observe him, and brought along three interns.
What did they find???? NADA. She said he was so excited about learning, was inquisitive, curious, and even though he was wiggly, it was well within the typical range. She said that he had already created techniques to control himself, which she doesn't see a lot of at 4 years old--i.e. putting his hands in his pockets to keep from taking something or sitting on his hands during circle time. She thought he exhibited characteristics of a gifted child, and that she thought the pace of the preschool was probably too slow for him. (I agree that I could probably find a better preschool other than the free one through the school district, but when your kiddo isn't potty trained, they aren't an option. Sigh.)
The behavioral therapist could not find anything wrong with him other than he was not potty trained, and that this one particular teacher had gotten into a power struggle with him over it, and it made it worse.
They (the teachers) insisted something was up. They sent her in to observe again. Once again, rave reviews, and now the behavioral therapist is in love with my boy.
So what's the end result? She did suggest play therapy to get him to work on the potty training. I looked at her like she must be smoking something if she thought I had time for another appointment with all of Abbie's stuff going on. She is now coming to the house and working around my schedule.
Heck, if they can get him potty trained, I am all for it. Goodness knows we have tried everything else, so maybe they can get through to him. Plus the behavioral therapist is great, and I really like her.
Wish them luck, and wish me a diaper free time for the first time in about 13 years.