Not all kids are on the same timetables when it comes to talking and toilet training. However, talk to your child’s pediatrician if you’re worried that your child is behind in any of his developmental milestones. HealthyChildren.org points out that speech delays are the most common type of developmental delays that children experience. Sometimes, these delays are only temporary, but they may signal a serious problem, which can eventually lead to other developmental delays.
Talking and potty training success are both major developmental milestones for a child but sometimes kids have trouble achieving them. In an article for BabyZone, pediatrician and parenting expert Dr. Laura A. Jana points out that not identifying possible developmental delays early on is one of the biggest problems that affect a child’s development. A child’s environment can also have a negative effect on her cognitive and emotional development, affecting her ability to successfully achieve normal childhood milestones.
While some children simply talk later than others, a child could have a communication disorder that’s interfering with his language development. Children who are late talkers often understand what you are saying to them, they just don’t say many words themselves yet. There may be reason for concern if your child is behind in both his receptive and expressive language, in which case he could have a developmental delay, according to WebMD. If you’re worried about your child’s speech delay, have him evaluated by his pediatrician or by a speech-language pathologist. A child who has continuing problems, which go untreated, could develop learning disabilities when he attends school. Communication delays can also lead to problems with potty training.
Chronic illness or physical disability sometimes prevents children from reaching certain developmental milestones necessary for them to develop normally in other areas, according to the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. For example, motor ability and language development are key issues signaling potty training readiness. If a child has problems in one or both of these areas, toilet training can be more difficult. Neurological disorders, kidney dysfunction, mental disability, problems hearing and exposure to environmental toxins such as lead poisoning are a few of the factors that can lead to delays in a child’s normal development.
Autism Spectrum Disorders
A child needs to be able to recognize when to use the toilet, be able to follow instructions and have the ability to communicate her needs to start potty training. If these things don't happen, children can have difficulty toilet training. Because expressive language is a common problem for children with autism spectrum disorders, your child may have trouble letting you know when she needs to use the bathroom. While imitation helps most children learn to potty train, autistic children also are sometimes delayed in imitating what they see other people do. Kids who don't imitate others may not understand what it is they are supposed to do.