This is the only book dealing with the specific issues involved in toilet training children with autism and offers a detailed roadmap for success, based on over twenty years of experience. Easy-to-read bulleted lists offer over 200 do’s and don’ts, along with more than fifty real-life examples. Learn, among other things, how to gauge “readiness,” overcome fear of the bathroom, teach how to use toilet paper, flush and wash up, and deal with toileting in unfamiliar environments.
Stresses the importance of visual cues, such as picture schedules representing the steps of the toileting routine. Other crucial elements are repetition, rewards, and teamwork with teachers if the child is in school. You will find many original and commonsense solutions for transitioning children from diapers to underpants, stopping “repeat flushing,” monitoring fluid intake, coping with a noisy bathroom, using Social Stories, and much more. These methods help keep the process as positive as possible for all involved, so children don't feel upset or ashamed about going to the bathroom. Paperback, 133 pages.
Helpful chapters include
- The Importance of Toilet Training
- Determining Readiness
- Developing a Toileting Routine
- Dressing for the Occasion
- Habit Training
- Teaching Continence
- Communicating the Need to Use the Toilet
- When Toilet Training is Successful
- Toileting in Unfamiliar Environments
- Nighttime Training
- Support Strategies
- Common Problems (and Solutions) Associated with Toilet Training Persons with Autism