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Name: Mike1974
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Hello, I'm a father of an 8 year old Autistic boy he is at the higher end of the spectrum and has recently started to wet his bed whilst he is awake. He stays dry through out the day and goes to the toilet with little or no problem, he only does it at bedtime and I'm wondering if anyone else has had this problem and if it is another way to get more attention? from his mum and me even if it is negative attention. There are no other parents to discuss this with in our area and are stumped, any help or suggestions that may shed some light onto the situation will gratefully be received.
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Name: wemakeitwork | Date: Oct 29th, 2012 7:40 PM
Without more info, it's difficult to say whether it's attention-seeking behavior, sensory, or anxiety-related. It's even harder if he can't tell you. It is, of course, easier to fix if you know the trigger. That being said, a motivator may be the best way to go. Maybe you could have a reward chart. He earns this treat/reward the next morning when his bed stays dry all night. If the reward provides extra closeness with you and attention, you'll probably kill 2 birds with one stone. Keep in mind, that Autistic children relive memories. If he is trying to get a certain reaction, it may have nothing to do with your reaction to it now. The answer would lie in the memory. What happened the very first time it happened? Or what happened or failed to happen just before he did it the first time. 

Name: Grandma Karen | Date: Jan 1st, 2013 8:35 PM
Mike1974
Your child is not as concerned about the wetting as you are and it may not be deliberate. My grandson was wetting himself several times at night in spite of being potty trained. I too thought it was deliberate, however, I learned that he was too busy watching TV, playing, whatever to be concerned and he did not care about being wet. I hope this helps.
Karen 

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