Make the most of curiosity
Some children may display a curiosity in toileting. This may display as an interest in the bathroom or sensory stimulation around the toilet. Observing this curiosity and choosing to train your child around this time can be beneficial. Children with sensory processing needs may enjoy the feeling of wetting themselves. Slowly introducing your child to the bathroom and reinforcing desired behaviour through rewards can help to overcome this.
Introduce Communication methods for your child
Many children with special needs find it challenging to communicate their needs. Teaching your child communication strategies for using the toilet can encourage this process. This may be through the use of physical objects, symbols or sign language. Using communication aids such as a now and next board can be very beneficial. It’s important to maintain consistency and move at your child’s pace.
Remember that setbacks are common
When toilet training your child, it is important to recognise that setbacks are common. You may observe some progress followed by a few steps backwards. Maintain faith during these periods.
Work together with your child’s school.
Speaking to your child’s school to identify what process they are following can help to maintain consistency. Many children benefit from a routine. Maintaining a routine between home and school can encourage progress.
Make use of visuals
Preparing your child for what is coming can ease their anxieties about toileting. This can be in the form of visuals, a story or a video. Research by Karen & Monica (2007) found that an animated toileting video could help toileting for children with special needs.
Reward Desired Behaviour
Some children with special needs benefit from knowing that their actions will receive a reward after. Teaching your child that a reward will follow toileting, can greatly help them to make progress.
When you are toilet training your child:
· Make a note of their diet
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**The information provided in this article is accumulated by the community not by professionals. It is important to seek appropriate medical or professional advice where necessary.
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