Weekend potty training

Director of Neuropsychology Services at Children's Medical Center of Dallas, Peter Stavinoha, PhD's discusses parent strategies for short term versus long terms potty training for children and how these alternatives work for different people.
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Weekend potty training

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The short duration, like potty train in a day or potty train in a weekend types of programs, are helpful and they do work for some children. The problem is they don't work for all kids. Sometimes parents will set aside this time where they are giving their child intense instruction and intense attention and intense rewards, and yet, the child still isn't successful in potty training. The concern is that that then leads to frustration, both for the parent as well as the child. We usually talk about potty training, not so much as a short-term event, as we do as a longer term process as with the other skills that the child will learn throughout her life. So we look at potty training can happen in a day, but with no expectation that it will. Instead, I'm going to use techniques and strategies that are going to benefit my child in the short-term, but also continue to revisit for weeks and months, if necessary.

Director of Neuropsychology Services at Children's Medical Center of Dallas, Peter Stavinoha, PhD's discusses parent strategies for short term versus long terms potty training for children and how these alternatives work for different people.

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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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