Toilet Training an Autistic Child

Toilet training is difficult no matter what. Parents with an autistic child face additional challenges.

Some children start to show readiness for toilet training between 18 and 36 months.  If your child is ready to toilet train after 36 months, look for readiness before you attempt it.

The psychological signs of being ready for toilet training can include the child expressing discomfort with his diaper and asking for it to be changed.

Physically, the child will exhibit signs of needing to use the bathroom. Also, the child should be able to pull her pants up and down on her own.

When starting to potty train, avoid making it a stressful situation. Do not push your child, and always remain encouraging.

Start with switching from diapers to training pants. Training pants will help your child recognize the discomfort of being wet.  Next, invest in a potty chair. Make this a fun activity; sit it in front of the TV, and let him decorate it with stickers.

Start out with sitting her on the potty for a few minutes at a time. Do not let her sit for hours; this will cause frustration and stress.

Prepare yourself for some accidents. Always have a roll of paper towels handy.

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