Toilet Training

Using Special iApps to prepare for Toilet Training.

As a mother to three children, I had experienced toilet training twice before. My first two children were very easy and I followed their lead as to when they were ready. They both did the same thing, hiding when they needed to poop, usually behind a curtain. They both loved their potty and were very proud to be out of diapers. Both were dry, day and night before they were 3 and I never had any issues with bedwetting. I took it for granted how easy it was and how lucky I had been really.

So now as I face toilet training with Maya who is 4 and has Down syndrome, I know I am embarking on a completely different journey. I did attempt toilet training with her when she turned three as a friend was having success with her daughter and I felt I wanted to give it a go.

At that time, Maya was not ready and the process was stressing her out to such an extent that I abandoned the task and decided to try again later. I realize now that I hadn’t really prepared Maya at all for this total change in her routine and knowing how she doesn’t take well to new situations without warning, I decided to make sure that this time I had strategies in place to enable her to feel secure and know the path we are on.

As Maya loves using the iPad and is so familiar with Special Words and Special Stories by Special iApps, I knew that the Apps would be fantastic tools to help Maya to become familiar with the images and words associated with toilet training. I used images to create a new profile in Special Words and used Special Stories to put together a little sequence of the stages for using the toilet: pants down, toilet time, wipe, pants up, wash hands, towel dry etc…

I have also put up a sticker chart in the bathroom and made up some simple songs to sing whilst Maya uses the toilet. We are now a week into the training and Maya is doing great! Of course she has accidents and I expect it to take a few months before she totally gets it but I feel that, with the preparation I have made, we have a greater chance of success and Maya will hopefully find the journey as stress free as possible.

Potty

Potty

Maya using Special Words for toilet training

Maya using Special Words for toilet training

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  1. Ensure you have the latest version of the app(s) on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
  2. If you have disabled editing in the app(s), re-enable it via the Settings.
  3. Visit this web page page in the Safari app on your mobile device.
  4. If you have Special Words, tap the download link below, select Special Words and choose a language.
  5. Tap Open in Special Words: this will launch Special Words.
  6. Select the Add new profile, NOT any of the Replace options.
  7. If you have Special Stories, repeat steps 3 to 5 for Stories instead of Words.
  8. Select the Add new collection option, NOT any of the Replace options.

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  2. If you have disabled editing in the app(s), re-enable it via the Settings.
  3. Visit this web page page in a web browser (e.g. Chrome or Internet) on your mobile device.
  4. If you have Special Words, tap the download link below, select Special Words and choose a language: a bubble should appear saying Starting download...
  5. On Android 5 (Lollipop) and later, open the My Files app, and navigate to Folders > Device storage > Download. On earlier versions, launch the Downloads app.
  6. You should see a file named toilet-training.siasw. If the download is shown as in progress, wait for it to complete.
  7. Tap the file: this will launch Special Words.
  8. Select the Add new profile option, NOT any of the Replace options.
  9. If you have Special Stories, repeat steps 3 to 7 for Stories instead of Words.
  10. Select the Add new collection option, NOT any of the Replace options.

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