Late potty training worries

Peter Stavinoha, PhD, neuropsychologist at Children's Medical Center of Dallas, discusses some of the issues that parents face when potty training their children and how to know when it is necessary to reach out for professional help.
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You know, time for parents to ask for help, training, assistance with potty training. There's a number of times. One certainly is during that potty training window if the parent starts to feel frustrated or stressed or feels like they're starting to get angry about the process or if their child is becoming really stubborn, digging their heels in, becoming really willful about the process to where it becomes this head butting contest between parent and child. Certainly that's a time for the parent to step back and ask for help to find out what's going on and find out what the next steps would be. Then there's other kids that continue to wet or have accidents or night time wetting far beyond the time that we might expect them to. So it might be 5-6-7 years old and they're continuing to have these kinds of issues. Certainly that might be a time when parents might want to bring that child to the attention of their pediatrician and potentially even have that child evaluated. Some toileting issues, night time wetting, will be an issue that the child will eventually grow out of. But then there can also be some physical issues that can be treated by a pediatrician or a urologist.

Peter Stavinoha, PhD, neuropsychologist at Children's Medical Center of Dallas, discusses some of the issues that parents face when potty training their children and how to know when it is necessary to reach out for professional help.

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Peter Stavinoha, PhD

Neuropsychologist

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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