Elimination communication vs. potty training

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Elimination communication vs. potty training

You know, looking at elimination communication versus potty training is partly a matter of how you define each one. So how I define potty training is that the child is pretty much independent to take care of the entire process. They know when they need to go, they go by themselves, they take care of the clean up. Elimination communication as an alternative to that really requires a lot of parental attention to be aware of the child’s cues so that then the parent is prepared to put the child over the potty so they’re eliminating in the potty. Certainly, there are advantages and disadvantages to that. Just as potty training is also kind of a minefield for parents.

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Peter L. Stavinoha, PhD, ABPP, is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist in Dallas, Texas.  He directs the Neuropsychology Service at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and he is Professor in Psychology/Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He was named Distinguished Psychologist for 2005 by the Dallas Psychological Association. Dr. Stavinoha specializes in the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional aspects of developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury in children. As a general parenting expert, he is regularly interviewed in the media, Dallas morning television, Parents and Parenting Magazines, and numerous parenting blogs. Together with Sara Bridget Au, he is co-author of Stress-Free Potty Training. He has also authored several chapters in scholarly texts on subjects ranging from pediatric concussion to brain tumors in children. Dr. Stavinoha received a BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Stavinoha completed a residency in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and is a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Neuropsychological Society, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Dr. Stavinoha has a 16-year old son named Joe.

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