Toilet training for children with autism spectrum disorder
You can use special strategies to make toilet training easier for your child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Autism is a disorder that affects how the child views, behaves and interacts the world around him/her.
The majority of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are visual thinkers and learners, which means they think in pictures and will respond better to any information or instruction that is visual.
Normally, children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will show the same signs of readiness for toilet training as a typically developing child. But sometimes it might be that your child is older.
Steps for preparing children with autism spectrum disorder for toilet training
For parents of autistic youngsters knowing when to begin potty training can be tricky, but as with a typically developing child, you will begin to see changes in your childs behaviour. They may become fidgety after they have soiled themselves, they may become more aware of their body. You may find it useful if you are unsure to discuss any changes with your O.T or G.P.Once you have made the decision to begin potty training, you need to make everyone in the house aware of this decision. Everybody involved in your child's care should be made aware of the timing involved, for example when you intend to start potty training with your autistic youngster and which visual strategies you will be using.
A major issue at this time for many parents of autistic toddlers is their child's sensitivities, which are common in autism, some autistic children are hyper-sensitive while others maybe hypo-sensitive, either can cause distress around potty training times.
Visual strategies put in place CAN help overcome many difficulties. For example your child maybe scared of the noise the toilet makes, this can be attributed to their autistic sensitivities and is quite common.
Sensory processing problems may also prevent an autistic child from recognizing the cues or feelings that signal the need to use the potty. At home in safe surroundings your autistic toddler may not have much difficulty recognizing the need to go potty. But outside the normal safe environment of home this may not always be the case, and you may find your autistic youngster forgets how to recognize the need to go potty.
Potty training an autistic child need not be an uphill struggle! as research and years of experience show us, simple yet effective visual strategies like social skills stories WILL HELP YOU potty train your autistic child.
Treatments of autism, 'visual strategies' for toilet training an autistic child
Social stories were introduced almost twenty years ago by therapist Carol Gray as a means of communication with the autistic children she was working with. Since then the popularity of this resource has grown amongst professionals and parents and today social skills stories are used widely to HELP teach social and communication skills and behaviors to individuals with autism.
Used extensivelly for children with autism, the social story acts as a role model. Using visual cues and prompts in a specific formula of visual image and appropriate first person text that can be shared with the autistic child showing them a visual plan of the behaviour in this case potty training. Showing them visually through images and text a parent can read aloud the "wh" questions (who, where, why, when and what) detailing how to use the potty, why, when and what they may expect before during and after using the potty taking away any stress, anxiety and confusion surrounding this skill.
Social stories for potty training in autism
A social story will give the child social cues and prompts to help them understand the need to use potty and the consequence of not using potty i.e. being soiled.
In my experience using visual strtegies such as social skills stories HAS helped many parents, teachers and other professionals deal with situations and skills that would otherwise confuse and distress the child.
Immediate access to social stories for toilet training an autistic child
You get an immediate download of social skills stories for potty training autistic children from this site that have been professionally written and used by many parents just like yourself with great success.
Thanks for the help and advice, the social stories worked a treat.
Janet S., London, UK*
*Dear autism social stories,
Thank you, thank you, thank you.....Success at last, Abraham is now dry!
Mary P., Ohio US*
Our son responded very well to the social stories and we are now using them to help with transition into preschool
Mark W., South Wales*
Just a handful of success stories!
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- Flushing the toilet
- Oops! accidents happen
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