Toilet Training for Individuals with Autism or Other Developmental Issues [NOOK Book]

Overview

Easy-to-read bulleted lists offer more than 200 do’s and don’ts, supported by over 50 real-life case examples!

Toilet training can become a battleground for caregivers and children alike, especially if the child has autism or other developmental challenges. In this book, Maria Wheeler offers a detailed roadmap for success. She stresses the importance of visual cues, such as picture schedules representing the steps of the toileting routine. ...
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Toilet Training for Individuals with Autism or Other Developmental Issues

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Overview

Easy-to-read bulleted lists offer more than 200 do’s and don’ts, supported by over 50 real-life case examples!

Toilet training can become a battleground for caregivers and children alike, especially if the child has autism or other developmental challenges. In this book, Maria Wheeler offers a detailed roadmap for success. She stresses the importance of visual cues, such as picture schedules representing the steps of the toileting routine. Other crucial elements are repetition, rewards, and teamwork with teachers if the child is in school. You will find many original and commonsense solutions for transitioning children from diapers to underpants, stopping “repeat flushing,” monitoring fluid intake, coping with a noisy bathroom, using Social Stories, and much more. Wheeler’s methods help keep the process as positive as possible for all involved, so children don’t feel upset or ashamed about going to the bathroom.

You will learn how to:

Gauge readiness
Identify and reduce sensory challenges
Help the child overcome fears and anxieties
Develop a “habit training” routine
Teach proper use of the toilet, toilet paper, sink, etc.
Facilitate the transition from diapers to underwear
Deal with toileting in unfamiliar environments
And more!
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Meet the Author


Maria Wheeler, M.Ed., has spent more than twenty years of her professional life in the fields of Psychology and Special Education, with an emphasis on Neurobehavioral Disorders, Applied Behavior Analysis, and Specific Learning Disabilities. She has held positions in Florida and Texas as a special education classroom teacher, behavior specialist, and director of behavioral services for residential treatment centers serving adults and children with neurobehavioral disorders and developmental disabilities. She currently holds Texas teacher certificates/endorsements in Serious Emotional Disturbance and Autism, Special Education, and Psychology. Maria works as a private consultant serving various school districts, educational agencies, and families throughout Texas. She is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer in the fields of autism, behavior and learning disorders, and effective discipline. She provides on-site behavior intervention and classroom curriculum consultation for educators of students with autism and other behavior and learning disorders. She also provides on-site coaching for in-home trainers and tutors, parent training, and professional development training. Maria authored the popular book entitled, Discipline That Works for Inclusive Schools, published by RealWorld Publications. She co-authored one of the leading manuals on behavior, A Treasure Chest of Behavioral Strategies for Individuals with Autism, published by Future Horizons, Inc.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Importance of Toilet Training

  • Characteristics of autism that influence toilet training
  • Impact on home, family and community
  • Impact on school and learning
  • Impact on social relationships

Chapter 2: Determining Readiness

  • Chronological age as a factor
  • The issue of mental age as a part of readiness
  • Awareness levels in readiness
  • Physiological factors to consider
  • Other readiness indicators

Chapter 3: Developing a Toileting Routine

  • Developing toileting schedules
  • Communication structures
  • Pre- and post-toileting rituals
  • Fluid intake
  • Undressing and dressing
  • Flushing
  • Handwashing

Chapter 4: Dressing for the Occasion

  • Diapers or underpants
  • Outerwear
  • Other items and equipment needed
  • Sensory issues related to clothing and other items used

Chapter 5: Habit Training

  • When is habit training the appropriate option
  • Determining a reasonable schedule
  • Developing a routine
  • Readiness for spontaneous toileting

Chapter 6: Teaching Continence

  • Bladder control
  • Bowel control

Chapter 7: Communicating the Need to Use the Toilet

  • Alternate forms of communication
  • Availability of communication
  • How to respond to communication efforts
  • When communication demands are a step backward

Chapter 8: When Toilet Training is Successful

  • When to reinforce
  • How to reinforce
  • The importance of environmental structure

Chapter 9: Toileting in Unfamiliar Environments

  • Locating restroom in new environments
  • Communicating the need to toilet
  • Adjusting toileting routines to new situations
  • Survival kits for community outings

Chapter 10: Nighttime Training

  • When to begin nighttime training
  • How to teach nighttime continence
  • Special aids

Chapter 11: Support Strategies

  • Modeling Stories that teach
  • Preteaching

Chapter 12: Common Problems (and Solutions) Associated with Toilet Training Persons with Autism

  • Fear of the bathroom
  • Fear of the toilet
  • Repeated flushing
  • Negative reactions to taking away diapers
  • Failure to void in the toilet
  • Failure to have a bowel movement in the toilet
  • Urinating outside of the toilet bowl
  • Smearing feces
  • Resistance to using toilet paper
  • Using too much toilet paper
  • Resistance to washing hands
  • Needs frequent cues to complete routines
  • Resistance to using unfamiliar toileting facilities
  • Is toilet trained at home, but not at school
  • Is toilet trained at school, but not at home
  • Regression or setbacks
  • Data collection form for toilet training
  • An example social story—Using the Toilet

Glossary

Resources

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    Posted September 13, 2009

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    My grandson is autistic. Potty training has been a frustrating challenge. I bought the book to see if it would offer some ideas for helping his particular problem. I read it and was impressed by the case studies. The charts for keeping track of when the child voids were excellent. My grandson's doctor at Mayo Clinic wanted to make copies of them. Although my grandson is still not potty trained the book helps to guide the way and through patience and repetion we know he will get there.

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