Moving to underwear

Named Distinguished Psychologist for 2005 by the Dallas Psychological Association, Peter Stavinoha, PhD, discusses how parents can work with their potty training child to move eventually move to underwear.
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Moving a potty training child into underwear really depends on the both the parent and the child because accidents are just a natural part of the training process. Parents really need to think about what their reaction to the accident may be, as well as, what their child's reaction to the accident may be. Moving into underwear simply means that the accidents are going to be more messy and more noticeable. If a child is likely to have a negative reaction to that, to where they may be upset by an accident, then you may want to stay in pullups or diapers a little longer. But there is some kids that are so regular, that you can predict that they are going to go an hour or two without needing any support. Those are kids that can move right into underpants, as long as that child is going to be able to handle it, in case they wet.

Named Distinguished Psychologist for 2005 by the Dallas Psychological Association, Peter Stavinoha, PhD, discusses how parents can work with their potty training child to move eventually move to underwear.

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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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