If you are a parent to a child with autism who is not yet potty trained, you might be wondering – does autism affect toilet training? Whilst for some children it can, autism and potty training are not impossible. Toilet training is not always plain sailing for any child or parent, but it can be done.
In this blog, we will give you the 5 best training tools for autistic kids.
Visual aids are great for children with autism. They help to explain routines and break down tasks, making it easier for them to understand.
Your child can use PECS to let you know when they need the toilet, for example, exchanging a toilet symbol when they need to go.
You can also use sequence or now and next boards, to help your child to become familiar with a toilet routine. There are great visuals available online on sites such as Twinkl.
Last but not least, social stories can also help to make the process easier for you both.
Use 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.
Peejamas are kid-friendly, eco-friendly, and wallet-friendly alternatives to disposable daytime and night-time nappies. They are created from certified fabrics that are 100% safe for contact with your child’s skin and provide maximum absorbency of urine. This product is a game-changer for parents in the midst of toilet training and can save you money and time, whilst keeping your child comfortable.
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Kylie bed sheets are washable bed pads that you can place on top of your child’s sheets but under the duvet. They are highly absorbent and designed to keep urine away from your child’s skin and prevent ruining your child’s mattress when they have an accident. They help to disrupt your child from sleeping and cut down on bedding changes.
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If your child decides to use a toilet and not a potty, there are lots of great toilet seats that you can buy to help them feel comfortable using the toilet. A great example is Boby’s Potty Training Toilet Seat Trainer, available online at websites such as Amazon. The seat sits on top of your toilet and has steps and double handrails, making it easier for your child to use the toilet more independently.
If your child responds well to visuals and charts, a potty training chart might be a useful aid for you to use. You can choose to reward your child, if this helps to encourage them, however, they might be encouraged simply by seeing a star on their chart and receiving lots of recognition and praise, which is always important. You can create your own or buy one and can break it down into mornings, afternoons, and nights or entire days and weeks.
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