Toilet Training

March 23, 2021

3.23.21 Related training opportunity!

Attend a training designed for parents to help with their child’s sleep routines.


6.4.2020  This training opportunity was presented to our staff members, creating opportunities to improve our skills with toilet training. We’re thankful to this team for providing this session for us and to Kelsi Brown for writing up the following summary to share with our audience. Readers can learn about earlier training presentations on topics like this by browsing our site. Please reach out to the presenters for more information.

Presented by  Kelsi Brown, BCBA, Megan Defiores, BCBA and Ashlie Symer, BCBA.

Toilet Training for Individuals with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities

Traditional methods, such as reading books, serving as a model or having siblings model the behavior, scheduling sits on the toilet or simply “waiting” are not typically sufficient for our learners with autism or other developmental disabilities.

Some problems we often see include: delayed urination or bowel movements, nighttime accidents, dependence on others for assistance or lack of generalization across settings.

Many barriers that our learners face impact the toilet training process, including, but not limited to:

  • Slower rates of learning
  • Delayed social awareness
  • Delays in communication
  • Anxiety and unique sensitivities
  • Motor delays
  • Poor generalization
  • Parent/Guardian burnout

Some things should be considered before you begin including 1) medical concerns, 2) learning history, 3) commitment, and 4) readiness.

Commitment and consistency are KEY to success in working through the toilet training process with your child.  Developing a plan that incorporates your child’s needs (supports/accommodations), as well as a time-based schedule and data collection system will help you and other supporters identify specific areas of need or progression along the.

Don’t forget to use reinforcement!  The bathroom should be a neutral space.  Assistance, support/prompting, cleaning or diaper/pull-up changing should also be NEUTRAL.  But using the toilet successfully!? Now THAT should be exciting!  For any level of success, provide your learner with social praise and items/activities they love.  Isolate this item/activity SOLELY to success on the toilet, then you will begin to see results.

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