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5.0 out of 5 stars It really works and is very positive, June 30, 2000
This review is from: Toilet Training in Less Than a Day (Mass Market Paperback)
I was skeptical about rather this book would work. My mother used it to toilet train me and my sister back in the '70's and recommended it highly. I tried training the traditional way first. Following a suggestion in a magazine, I let my 2 year, 9 month old son run around the house naked so he could get to the potty unencumbered. He kept peeing on the floor and crying. Eventually, when I asked him where he would pee, he said "on the floor." This is when I decided to use the book. I had some trouble getting my son to pay attention to me and follow instructions, because he is very stubborn. He is not trained as well as the boy in book (he needs to be taken to the potty), but he has not had an accident in three days (I trained him six days ago). On reading the book, you may feel that the approach is cruel, as a reviewer I read earlier on the site did. However, you must be aware that everything is done in a positive way, the emphasis is on teaching your child, not humiliating them. Also, because the training process is so rapid, your child is spared the continued humiliation of having accidents, especially in public (and you are too). It took me four hours to train my son. Since then, he has been genuinely more happy and self assured. Our relationship has improved immensely as well. This book taught me that I can be my son's teacher and he can learn from me. It also taught me how to improve my interactions with him by following the suggestions for making sure he listens to and follows through on my instructions. This has significantly decreased the times I get frustrated with him or yell at him for things unrelated to toilet training. This book was written to end the humiliation that most children go through before they are completely toilet trained. It is backed by research. It was originally designed for retarded children, and can be successfully used on children with IQ's as low as 30. I am a licensed master social worker, and I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone, including my clients.
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Initial post: Nov 20, 2010 3:06:05 PM PST
You're a "licensed master social worker" but you still use the word "retarded." I don't think so!

Posted on May 23, 2011 6:02:10 PM PDT
L. Brown says:
Great review... up until the "retarded children" comment. The more appropriate wording would be "special needs". I find the use of words like that - especially by a licensed master social worker to be incredibly unprofessional.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 2:17:31 PM PST
Cyrus says:
Mental Retardation is a legit diagnosis, guys.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 23, 2012 3:17:54 PM PST
But used by a licensed social worker.... not very professional.

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 11:49:10 AM PDT
I was going to say the same thing. The appropriate language is special needs or children with disabilities (as someone who is specially trained in teaching and has taken several special education courses).

Posted on Feb 16, 2013 12:55:28 AM PST
sunny3and2 says:
This review was written in 2000; please consider the fact that the word retarded was widely used in a clinical setting in those days. As the mother of a 22-year-old with cognitive disabilities I have no problem with the word retarded being used by a professional because they know what it means.

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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 8, 2013 9:55:01 AM PDT
kermich03 says:
Not anymore - Rosa's Law

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2013 11:34:00 AM PDT
It actually isn't any longer.
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