Wish I would have known about this trick when I was potty training my son. While watching an episode of “Jon and Kate Plus 8” where they took the kids on a trip to a theme park, Kate Gosselin explains how the girls were afraid to use the potty because it had the automatic flusher. My son used to freak out with these things too. The first time one flushed on its own he cried for what seemed like hours. Just couldn’t comprehend 1.) how it did that on its own and 2.) why I didn’t let him flush it.
Kate explained that she now puts a piece of toilet paper over the sensor so that it won’t go off until the kids are doing using the toilet.