I half expected the purple dinosaur Barney to show up in the bathrooms of the children portrayed in this video thats intended to teach a child from the age of two the steps to use the potty through entertainment.
This is a video approved by Duke University Medical Center from Learning through Entertainment, Inc. The video is available by calling 1-800-23POTTY. I purchased mine two years ago through a mail order catalog.
Its Potty Time is twenty three minutes of children, adults, one clown, and a tiny man who sits in the bottom right corner of the video in suspenders with a red hat on, singing about bathroom etiquette.
The video starts with the breakfast table at Billys house who is turning four and having a party. There is a song in the background showing how Billy can now get dressed by himself, comb his hair and toss a ball in the air. He helped his Mother bake the cake and knows all the names of animals.
Then they count out the number of candles needed for the age of four. The song is all about how Billy is learning more and more as he gets older. His little sister has to use the potty and now the video goes downhill.
The song, I use the potty when I have to pee, is a bit much to endure on a continuing basis. In my opinion the actors are corny and the singing is too phoney to help any child learn to use the potty. The smiles are all planted on the adults and kids, the hair is perfect with nothing out of place.
The next scene is a girl named Lizzie who is going to the party and needs to use the potty prior to going to the party. Lizzie brings her teddy bear and places the bear on a small potty in the corner while the song in the background is saying it is better to have diapers not drooping and about reading while waiting .
Then there is the Father outside the door reminding her to wipe, flush and wash her hands with the singing voice adding to always wipe front to back, careful, careful, now you have the knack.
This last time we have watched the video my five-year old son walked out of the room when Lizzie placed her teddy bear on the little potty. It was too much for him to believe. I would never want my son to bring his teddy bear into the bathroom.
The kids all arrive at Billys birthday party and there are at least 20-25 kids at this outside party. There are balloons and presents on a table with the kids sitting at a bench waiting for the clown show.
The very first time we saw this video was when my son was not toilet trained, and had no desire to use the bathroom. He was more upset at not being invited to a birthday party like the one they profiled. The whole potty experience did not register or help in teaching him about using a potty. He saw a clown and presents and wanted to know where those kids came from and when was the next party he was going to.
The clown does a little story and then the little man appears on the screen again talking about how you always know when you have to pee. The clown then asks one of the children who has their hand up what he needs. Of course the child needs a potty break. The clown asks the kids who need to use the potty to line up and the three boys follow the clown into the house to the bathroom.
At this point I do not know if they ever use the correct terminology in referring to the bathroom as that instead of using the potty. But each boy then walks into the room taking two steps up a step stool to the song that goes something like this. Push my pants away, pull down my underwear, we get it straight in there
But wait there is still more, and it is too dreadful to sit through without a break. The process of how to wash your hands is the next song that tells you to pull up sleeves, turn on tap and soap hands. Then you rinse them off and wipe them dry!
If I were to see this video on a store shelf and read the back I would probably not purchase it. In the catalog was a brief summary and I was desperate to find something to help my son learn to toilet train since the teacher was suggesting he should have been already.
I am glad we took our time and did things at our pace instead of other timetables. I was not ready and neither was my son due to his limited speech capabilities and his disability. Once he graduated from the preschool special education program they said he should be before Kindergarten.
It was accomplished within two weeks and now the only distraction is once he saw a spider next to the toilet and no longer is thirsty as before, since he knows he will have to use the toilet eventually.
Its Potty Time is marketed for boys and girls showing sitting and standing procedures. The beginning shows the small potty that is used in this video for the teddy bear as well as a potty seat being put on the toilet.
While the video does show the steps for using the restroom with flushing and washing hands, I do not see this as an instructional tool having results for many. Stated on the back of the video is, Its easier to learn potty training with friends.
I see a commercial on television for Pull Ups where the kids all show their pants not having the stars after they come out of the toilet, but is this the way people are teaching their kids in their homes.
At my children's school there is a line that forms outside the restroom, and each kid goes in and once they are washing their hands the next child in line goes. I think the songs being taught are very silly and too comical to get the point across.
I surely would not want my son singing about pulling down his underwear in his classroom or singing in the lavatory!
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Bonnie Sayers (autismfamily)
single parenting two teens on autism spectrum. Working out daily, Zumba & Bodybugg enthusiast.
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This video teaches all the correct steps for using the toilet and washing up in a fun and entertaining way your child will want to copy. Designed for children two and older who are just starting to use the toilet, as well as those who need extra help to use it correctly and consistently.