4 unique tips on how to provide potty training for kids with Autism

Toilet training in Autism is a very important aspect for children with this particular neurological disorder. When it comes to giving your autism affected child (child with Autism) an effective form of toilet training, these are the 4 unique tips you can try catching up with.

Here they are, for your reference

Images speak louder than words

To help your non-verbal child with Autism learn the nuances of using the restrooms, this is an effective tip you can keep in mind. Include a lot of pictures demonstrating your kid on how to use the toilet.

Parents can make use of very minimal words and just help the kids understand that using the toilet is easy and they can do it all by themselves. One such example can be,

Sit on the potty – Wipe until you are clean- Flush toilet-Wash hands

This can be told to them in a simple way or by even using pictures. Parents can also take help from various potty or toilet training books, where these things can be taught using a simple and interesting story.

Minimal words and visual representations will benefit your child with Autism learning the restroom etiquette. Speaking long sentences and exhaustive verbal training just would not help.

Use under-pants instead of diapers

Social skills for Autism can also instil a better level of confidence for your children with Autism. Modern parents find it an intimidating experience to switch over to under-pants as they would want to use diapers as it is more comfortable for 6 hours at a stretch. The parents need to realize that children with Autism are more prone to accidents over their non-autistic counterparts. Leaving the kids in under pants help realize that once they urinate, they will have the wetness penetrating into their skin.

Give away ample rewards for giving a go at the toilet

Once your kid drops a bubble of urine or poop, immediately reward the kid with play toys or nice gifts. Rewards speak better than words and help the kid at acquiring the skill. The child will work extra-hard to achieve a reasonable skill in using the toilet efficiently.

Try procuring professional help

You can try striking a conversation with your Occupational Therapist to sit patiently and teach the kid on how to use the toilet without getting into an accident.

These are the 4 unique steps towards toilet training in Autism and you can never go wrong with the same.


Author: autismconnectassociation

Autism Connect is a voluntary group based in Mumbai, India formed by parents and professional care-takers of children on the autism spectrum. Parenting and caring for a child with autism is a special responsibility in itself. There are doubts, questions and uncertainties in our minds. At Autism Connect, we endeavor to collect literature on evidence based practices (with special emphasis on newer emerging therapies) in the management of autism and share it with autism associations and organizations across the world with the hope that these associations disseminate and distribute this to their members and parents of children with autism.

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