Kyle is pretty much potty trained (knock on wood). I wrote about our potty training methods HERE.
Now what I mean by potty trained is that he doesn't have many accidents. He still can't communicate that he has to go, but he can hold it and he will wait til someone takes him...or at home or in familiar surroundings he will drop his pants and enter the bathroom and "void".
The dropping his pants. That's where the trickiness comes in.
Lately he is OBSESSED with looking at his reflection in the mirror. I recently wrote a blog post about it with video of him laughing looking in the mirror (read).
He's gone thru this mirror obsession before but never to this magnitude. He will go from mirror to mirror around the house and look at his reflection and laugh and laugh.
He will also find his reflection in other things you and I would never think of. He finds his reflection in the window, and the bathroom tiles, and the door knobs, etc, etc.
But back to the going from room to room. At night he goes back and forth between mirrors in his playroom...
the dining room...
and the bathroom....
The dining room mirror play is kinda is dangerous. The bathroom mirror play is dangerous and destructive. At least once a month he knocks out the pipes under the sink and water goes over the bathroom floor. So, at points during the night, the wife and I are literally playing goalie and pulling him off the bathroom sink every 3 minutes.
"No climbing! Get down! What are you doing in here? Do you have to go potty? Do you wanna sit down and try to go pee-pee or cocky? No, well that's the only reason to come in here, so get out!" :)
So the past few days we've locked the bathroom door at points...like for the 19 minutes when the wife & I try to sit down to eat dinner.
Now, in the past, during the other phases where he was mirror obsessed, we would lock the door too, but we had to be careful that when he did have to pee or poop (go cocky) we got there in time. In the past we'd find him with pants & underwear off, completely bottomless, at the bathroom door desperately trying to get in... or in the worse case scenario-- (only once or twice)-- he would pee on the floor if we didn't get to him in time. It's was like a classic case of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf"... :-)
So the last thing we want this time is a potty training regression. So during those 19 minutes when we are scarfing down dinner I'm continually checking to see if he's bottomless.
And for the past few days, maybe for the first time ever, it seems like he's trying to play us...he's trying to trick us.
We will see him run past us bottomless and say, "I'm sorry buddy, do you have to pee, I'll open the door" and he goes in and goes straight to climbing on the sink & looking/laughing in the mirror! "Do you have to go or not? What's going on here?!" I make him sit on the toilet and nothing. He doesn't have to go. He's been tricking us.
He's used his noggin to figure out that being bottomless means bathroom access...
And as much as the goalie work of pulling him off the bathroom sink every 3 minutes is mind-numbingly annoying... his sneakiness is something I'm kinda proud of...
And I guess sneakiness is a kind of progress...
So you can file this as another example of what I wrote about in my post "What Progress Looks Like On My Corner Of Autism Avenue" (read)