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Toilet Training

Toilet training children is not an easy task for any parent.  Every child is different and may require a variety of techniques and supports.  We encourage a child – oriented approach that uses positive reinforcement.  We want children to have the physical abilities to get to the bathroom, remove clothes, dress and wash hands.  We also look for children to have the self esteem and motivation to develop the independence for this skill.

Children with autism may require alterations in the techniques to develop the skills for toileting. Children with autism may have difficulties with sensitivity to their environment, changes in the environment, social motivation to use a toilet, transitions, and communication skills that interfere with instructions and requests.

Considerations to be Aware of for Children with Autism:

Sensitivity to their environment – sounds, lights, smells, physical sensations, and flushing may be difficult. They may not like the change in temperature of taking off clothes or toilet seat.
Changes to the environment – differences in bathrooms – may want to use one specific bathroom.
Social Motivation – Social rewards and praise or just being dry may not provide reinforcement.  They may not understand an explanation of the need to use a toilet.
Transition – Children with autism like routines and are resistant to changes.  Loss of the diaper may in itself be difficult.
Communication – Children with autism may be better able to communicate with visuals rather than verbal skills.
Gastrointestinal Issues – Many children with autism have concerns of diarrhea or constipation.

How to Train Ourselves and Our Child

Preparations for Parents Ahead of Training

First Training Days

Tips for Consideration

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