Toilet training for children with autism may take longer than children
who do not have autism.
The National Autistic Society (NAS) has a lot of information on its website:
ERIC – Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence
is another helpful site: www.ericshop.org.uk or www.enuresis.org.uk
Some children with autism may be prone to constipation or diarrhoea.
They may experience one or both at the same time.
HOW CAN I HELP?
- Make sure that everyone involved with your child knows the approach that you are using so that you are all consistent.
- Keep to the same routine.
- If your child does not like change, it may be easier not to train using a potty as this will mean more change from potty to toilet.
- Watch your child to see when they wee and poo so that you can try and work out when you are likely to need to take them to the toilet.
- Have a visual sequence beside the toilet to help your child understand what to do.
- Some children may find bowel movements frightening so it may be useful to explain this.
- Some children may like the feel of a full nappy and not want to change.
- Some children enjoy the feel of smearing (touching their faeces), therefore other acceptable activities need to be provided.
- Check if anything in the toilet/bathroom may be affecting sensory issues e.g. water flushing.
- If your child does not like the texture of toilet paper, think of alternatives to use.
- Avoid using baby language as this may be difficult to change later.
- Use the same toileting routine when out of the home.
- If difficulties persist, contact your GP or another health professional involved in the care of your child to give advice.