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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Toilet Training
4 year old
Answer:This type of developmental slowness is certainly unusual. Assuming that their is no structural problem with the child's colon or anus several things can be tried. Like most behavior bowel training responds to positive training. Focused positive strokes and ignoring the "accidents" completely can commonly produce amazing results. This was shown very conclusively in bowel training regimens in mentally retarted institutions. There is a book called "Toilet Training in Less than a Day" which summarized the behavorial techniques needed to toilet train young children.