TV as a potty training tool

Neuropsychologist Peter Stavinoha, PhD helps parents understand television as a tool to help potty training and why it might not be a positive resource for both parents and children.
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A question comes up as to whether or not to have your child in front of the TV and put the potty chair out there while they go. My first response is that is not really a great idea. It's not going to harm the child, but it may distract them so much with the show that they are really not aware of the whole process of elimination. The whole point of potty training is for them to feel that physical sense to go and associate that with the act of going. There are some kids that are really active. They have that look on their face just as they are about to go, and they've already had their accident. For those kids, I would say that if you have a potty chair in a few different rooms, even sometimes in front of the TV, it's not going to harm the child; but it will probably save on some clean ups.

Neuropsychologist Peter Stavinoha, PhD helps parents understand television as a tool to help potty training and why it might not be a positive resource for both parents and children.

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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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