Speech Delay and Toilet Training

Posted 01-9-2013 at 11:09 AM by Krista

My oldest who has an articulation issue was potty trained right before she turned three years old. I am trying to go through the process with my youngest, who turned two in August. I know she is ready—in fact, she was ready earlier than I was! I should have jumped on it when she was showing interest at fourteen months! Khalen is in Early Intervention’s speech program, and when I mentioned that I was trying to toilet train her the therapist told me that I shouldn’t worry about that, that because of her not talking potty training would probably be delayed. Didn’t I have that problem with her big sister, she asked?

Well, no. Not unless before three is considered delayed. Baring that in mind, I began to wonder if anyone else out there whose child was slow to speaking had issues potty training. If so, was there anything you were able to do to counteract it?

As for us, I really want this to work for us. My oldest liked rewards. She really enjoyed getting candy each time she was successful using the potty, and while my youngest certainly enjoys candy she doesn’t seem motivated enough by it. Our next step, I think, will be to get her very own portable kid potty chair. Hopefully she will find it exciting and look forward to using it. *Fingers crossed*

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3 Responses to “Speech Delay and Toilet Training”

  1. Nickie1234 on January 10th, 2013 2:48 pm


    I also have a daughter with a speech delay–it has been a MUCH longer road to potty train her than it was with my son!

  2. kellyzaney on January 24th, 2013 10:54 pm


    Try sign language or nonverbal bathroom tickets. They give you a ticket with a picture of a toilet when they need to potty. And most kids with speech delay will only comprehend as many words as they can string together in response. So limit your questions and commands. Things being too wordy get confusing and frustrating. Schedule consistency helps too.

  3. kellyzaney on January 24th, 2013 10:57 pm


    Also, you don’t have to just use candy. You can use anything for positive reinforcement. Special stickers, special toy, special playtime. Just has to be a reward with something they enjoy.

    Mine likes yogurt frozen into little bites. So that’s her potty reward. :)

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