We are in the beginning stages of potty training, it is like we are in the training for potty training stage. Starting in November, we spent several weeks just taking R. into the bathroom at the end of her daily ABA session.
The supervisor decided that the next step was to get R. to lift the lid of the toilet seat. She wrote the program so that R. was supposed to open and close the toilet seat lid ten times in a row. I stepped in immediately and said no way are you having her do that ten times in a row. I mean talk about teaching a repetitive behavior. It did not take too long for R. to master lifting the toilet seat lid once.
Sitting on the toilet is a problem for R., she does not want to do it at all. If I want to get her out of the bathroom all I have to do is suggest she have a seat on the potty. (Maybe I should stop doing that). The supervisor’s suggestion for the next step, is to have me sit on the toilet and put her on my lap for 30 seconds. I did mention that this happens during R.’s ABA session.
So yesterday here I am in the bathroom sitting on the toilet with R in my lap, her male therapist watching and counting. Counting out loud to 30 was the only way to get her to stop screaming and fighting. To his credit, the therapist did not seem the least bit embarrassed or flustered. I’m just going to have to get over it.