The "practically child abuse" thing is because you have to keep them in a near the bathroom / toilet for 2 or 3 hours. You let them play in the room with toys and stuff and reward dry pants every 15 minutes, it's no more abusive than sitting your child on the toilet every 15 minutes.
I found a blog where this woman bascially gives a step by step guide from the book.
Ok, that definitely doesn't sound like abuse! We have carpets everywhere apart from the bathroom so I've been envisaging lining the floors with towels. Staying close to the bathroom for a day sounds better-especially if it is only a day.
It was recommended to me by a social worker, as my nephew was 4 she said it works well with older kids. so i don't think anything in it is abusive, somethings you have to change becuase it's American and written with big bathrooms in mind, so plenty of room for the contents of the toy box to be brought up, not tiny little toilets.
Hm...DD is 2.5 so maybe too young then. She is quite good at telling me when she needs a poo and on occasion has gone to get the potty and put herself on it which I thought was quite encouraging. She doesn't wake up dry though-sometimes from naps but never overnight.
Just thought I'd update. Half way through day one of this system and we have had precisely...0 wees on the potty. We have, however, had 6 on the floor.
She loved teaching the dolly and she definitely understands what she's meant to do, but I think she doesn't realise when she's about to go. I am going to carry on till this evening and if we've had no successes by then I'm going to give up and leave it for a few weeks. It's been rather demoralising.