I very distinctly remember sharing the news when Emmett was finally potty trained. Diapers were an absolute nightmare for us. He refused to wear anything but the Cookie Monster diapers and it was a huge, huge expense for many years.
Since being potty trained for about the last year or years and a half, he’s done really good. I can’t actually remember him having any accidents.
However, for the last month or so, Emmett has been afraid to go potty by himself. I have to stand in the bathroom so he’s not alone. He’s also “unable” to put his underpants back on after he’s done. It’s more like unwilling to put his underpants back on.
I don’t know what happened. This seems to have come out of nowhere. I feel like he’s taking a few steps backwards.
Being that he’s Autistic, there could be any number of reasons that I would never see myself. Even though he’s talking much better, he doesn’t say what’s wrong, just that he wants me to wait with him.
Maybe it’s just a phase? Maybe something happened to him while in the bathroom that scared him and this is the result?
How many of you all see this type of 2 teos forward, or even step back kinda thing with your child on the ASD spectrum? Does it seem to be more of a phase for you or do you find that it’s something else all together?.
I could really use some advice because this is starting to drive me a little batty. However, more importantly, I want to make sure this is not a sign of regression and instead just a hickup along the way.
The reason I worry is because this is the age Gavin was when he began regressing. I’m terrified of this happening to Emmett.
Emmett’s therapist says not to worry about it and just work through it with him, which we do. However, if you have even known the absolute heartache of losing a child to regression, you will understand my fears.
**Thanks for reading**
-Lost and Tired
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