How to Potty Train a Child with Autism: The Complete Guide
Most parents start potty training because the child shows an interest in using the toilet. They want to be like their friends, copy their brothers and sisters, or just like the idea of wearing pants and being independent. This makes potty training much easier.
However, parents of a child with autism know that life is not always that simple. Understanding when to start can be tricky if the child has no interest in toilets or doesn’t care that their peers are wearing pants.
Potty training a child with autism may feel impossible. It can feel like yet another challenge when life is already difficult. But it is not impossible, it is just different and an important step in growing up.
It helps to know that training a bladder is easier if you start young. The wee and poo comes in smaller quantities and the sensation of ‘needing to go’ can be clearer before 4 years old. That doesn’t mean it can’t be done later but it is worth having a try before your child goes to school.
We tend to think of wee and poo as one single potty training event. However, training a child to wee in a potty or toilet comes first. Some lucky folk find that the wee and the poo come as double act but for many it is 2 different processes. 2 different sets of muscles, controlling 2 different holes when you think about it! So let’s do one thing at a time…wee first!
With this in mind, we have created a step-by-step guide to help you through the process of how to potty train your child with Autism.
- Step 1: How do I know my child is ready to be potty trained?
- Step 2: Creating a plan for potty training your child
- Step 3: Getting set up for potty training
- Step 4: Potty training communication
- Step 5: Nappies off, pants on!
- Step 6: Getting started with potty training
- Step 7: What about the poo?
- Step 8: Potty training when you’re out and about
- Step 9: Potty training troubleshooting