News: Toilet Training for Kids with Autism

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Monday, April 30, 2012 - 10:00

Denise Reynolds, a registered dietician, has provided some good suggestions for toilet training your child with autism. She reminds parents that there are milestones that must be reached before a child can be toilet trained, for example, knowing how to dress and undress, understanding the bodily clues needed to use the bathroom, and walking. She explains that sometimes kids with autism have gastrointestinal problems that need to be addressed before successful toilet training. She quotes from an referenced article by Danica Mamlet, Autism and Toilet Training, for motivation cues and potential social integration issues. “A system that uses picture icons with each step identified is recommended as a tool to teaching toilet independence. A consistent routine capitalizes on the autistic’s child need for repetition.” Other tips include a transition object such as a book or a toy and teaching your child words specific to the bathroom so he can communicate. Reynolds’ final reminder is that each child has his own timetable and some children take longer than others to toilet train.

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