How do i get my autistic child to go to the bathroom?

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Date created: Sat, Mar 6, 2021 7:16 AM
Date updated: Wed, Oct 19, 2022 4:21 PM


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Tips to help toilet training go well for autistic children

Try washable reusable training underpants or underpants with a protective liner. These help your child become aware of the feeling of wetness, so they're useful if your child has trouble knowing when it's time to use the toilet. Use specific language.

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Once your child is consistently using the toilet when you bring him to the bathroom, it’s time to teach him a simple way to tell you he needs “to go.” Consider encouraging him to use a visual support such as a picture of a toilet. Consider clipping it to his belt loop or shirt button hole so he can easily point to it.

Dietary changes, such as increasing the fluids and fiber your child eats and drinks, may help your child feel the urge to use the toilet. Make small changes in daily habits. Dress your child in easy-to-remove clothing. Change your child as soon as he or she becomes wet or soiled.

During the activity, place a visual reminder such as a “bathroom” card where your son can see it. See the example at right, from the Autism Speaks ATN/AIR-P Visual Supports Tool Kit. Admittedly, it’s easy to “tune out” such reminders. So I suggest setting a timer and placing it next to – or just behind – the visual reminder.

In your daughter’s case, you might start by asking her to simply walk to the bathroom and touch the door or turn on the light switch. Provide soft-spoken, encouraging praise when she stays on task – even if the attempt is just partially successful. You might also reward her with a treat – be that a favorite activity, toy or small snack.

Get Support for Autism and Incontinence Now, while you are working with your child, it becomes important, at least from time to time, to get support for your child’s incontinence. You may need to put your child – or older child – back into diapers or into diapers that fit him or her.

When children with autism are afraid of the toilet, use a transitional potty, and encourage them to sit on that. You may need to have him/her sit on it outside the bathroom and slowly transition it into the bathroom. Reinforce your child for sitting on the transitional potty for 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 30 seconds, etc.

Start Your Potty Party! To toilet train your child, have him or her sit on the toilet (taking breaks every half hour) for as long as you can. Dr. Kroeger and her team literally spend all day in the bathroom, from the time the child wakes up until he goes to bed. Drinks, food, and playtime can all take place in the bathroom.

Make a note of the autistic child’s special need’s for example going to the bathroom, with autism going to the bathroom can be an issue, find out how the child copes with this and if necessary add signs at the bathroom, (small picture cards with text) to avoid embarrassment and allow the autistic child to identify the bathroom. Â.

Every 30 minutes put your child on the toilet. When you’re not near your house, or not near a real toilet, carry one of those portable toilets that’s made for children and use that. You can do it! Sooner or later you’ll get him to go in the toilet and then you let him know how fabulous that is!

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