Learning to wipe

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Learning to wipe

Teaching a child about wiping is one of the later skills in potty training. And so I always talk to parents about not derailing the earlier skill process by over-focusing on wiping too early. So in other words, as the child is learning the skills of potty training, if the parent gets into a conflict over the child because they're not wiping or wiping correctly, that can make the child very resistant to the process. So what parents really should do is let the child get to the point they are physically capable of wiping, then the parent is going to be doing the wiping obviously at first, but then the child starts to make some attempts at wiping with the parent going back to make sure that the child is clean. Then the parent at the end will be simply doing checks to make sure that the child is clean and over a period of months that child will acquire that skill independently.

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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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