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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.



  • 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.


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