I know we’ve been stuck on potty training lately. Around here, it’s a long process. I’ve got one more goody for you, and then we’re off to something new. These charts were made over at www.mrsriley.com. They are in the public files over there and are easily edited if there’s a detail or two you’d like to change. I struggled with whether to leave the “yes” column empty or have a “yes” card already in the column. I went with the second option because I knew it would give Noah another opportunity to match, and it also gave him a little guidance on where to place the card. Here they are in PDFs:
Potty Incentive Chart – Boys
Potty Incentive Chart – Girls
Here’s how it looks when it is finished and on the wall:
Preparation: Print off both sheets of file. Laminate.
Place velcro dots (rough) in the middle of each “yes” card on the chart (page 1).
Cut “yes” cards from page 2. Use scraps to make a board to place on the bathroom wall horizontally under incentive chart. Place long strip of rough velcro on that scrap board. Place velcro dots (soft) on the back center of each “yes” card.
Store “yes” cards on scrap board.
How to Use: Each time your child is successful in toileting, allow them to take a “yes” card and place it on the matching “yes” card on the chart. Give your child a high five or a hooray, whoop it up! At the end of the day, or at the beginning of the next day, move “yes” cards back to the scrap board. I have found this system to be rewarding enough in itself; however, we also have M&Ms for the asking.
Kids love the hands-on nature of this chart, and there are no markers or stickers to keep up with. That’s a big bonus around this place.
Until I catch you all up on where Noah is in his communication skills, I can’t really post Noah News because it won’t make sense chronologically, but I’ve got a little secret I’ve just got to share!!!!
One of Noah’s current speech goals is to combine his signs to make two-word phrases. He’s doing well on that, and guess what!!!!! Last week he said, yes he SAID, his very first two-word phrase. Hmmm. What did he say, what did he say? I’ll give you a hint. What have we been talking about a lot lately? Uh-huh, potty training. No, he didn’t up and tell me he had to go potty, not quite there yet. But he did say “BYE BYE PEE PEE.” (We’ve been working a lot on Bs and Ps.). At the end of the Bathroom Routine board (see post here: https://wordsofhisheart.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/potty-time-bathroom-routine-chart-printables-pdfs/), I’ve been ad libbing “bye-bye pee pee.” He thought it was funny. He and I worked on saying it together, and then one day, on his own, he let it fly. Now, this might be no big deal to a mom of your ordinary child, but for me, I waited 4-1/2 years to hear Noah’s first word (Mama), and 5 years to hear his first two-word phrase. Oh, I’m so proud of My Mr. Wonderful. And I’ve got to tell you, there is something to this idea that scripted routines promote communication and speech. Yay Noah!!!!
We have had much success using a Bathroom Routine Board for Noah. It has changed potty time from a very whinny, uncooperative, “do what I say” time to a time when Noah has a high confidence level and takes full charge of the situation. We stuck the board on the wall next to the toilet, so he always knows where to find it.
This is the board we use in a PDF, so you can print it instantly.
Bathroom Routine – Boys
And here’s one for the girls.
Bathroom Routine – Girls
When we first started using the board, I would take Noah into the bathroom, direct his attention to the board, point to, sign and say the word under the first picture; he would do the task, and I’d move on to the next picture. Of course, if you don’t use sign language, you can skip that part. Soon he was heading straight for the board, pointing to the picture cards (PECs) one by one, and cheerfully performing the step represented. He seems to highly prefer following the board than following my verbal directions. He points, and I read. He’s the “teacher”, I’m the student, and yet he’s performing the task while at the same time receiving auditory and visual cueing and feedback. Talk about combining learning styles!!!!!! He’s in control, and he LOVES it!!!! Now that it’s been in use for a couple of months, he has the routine down, and we use the board when he misses an important step or when he is being uncooperative. I try to keep the attention off me and instead focus him back to the board. I also do not insist that he perform every step or that he refers to the board every time. Since he has demonstrated he can follow the board, picture by picture, now that we are two months down the road, I don’t stop him if he wants to run off without drying his hands; or if the seat is already up when we start, I don’t go through the step of putting it down so he can start at square one. I am purposely not encouraging the tendency that some special needs learners have to need very rigid routines. At least at this point in his life, Noah seems able to function well whether it’s a perfectly scripted routine or not. I feel if a child needs rigid routine, then by all means give it to him; but I don’t want to train Noah to that end unneccessarily. The truth is very little in life goes exactly according to the script, at least our script, if you know what I mean. Well, if you’re here, you probably do know EXACTLY what I mean. (Hugs)