Potty training. How to get a 7yr old with Autism trained.

Kathleen - posted on 01/16/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter is a 7yr old with Autism. She is still not potty trained. Does anyone have any ideas
how to get her trained?

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I've been in several autism classrooms in my school where they potty train the ones that are not. The first thingy they do is they mark down every time they have a bowl movement...everything from peeing to pooping to small leaks. This sets up their schedule times for bathroom trips. Second thing they do is they place them in training pants and put them on a timer that cordinates with their schedule. The last thing they do is they have a device that the child can hit that actually says: BATHROOM. That is mainly used with the nonverbal students so the para knows when they have to use the bathroom. This is all transferred to the parent so that the routine can continue at home without any disruptions. Other than that it's basically as said before.....treat them like a toddler in the mist of potty training. Reward her with what she loves to do or with something you know she likes that won't disrupt the process.

Talk with her school, her classroom/oneonone para, and the school's ese coordinator for more tips. somethings work and somethings do not....depends on your daughter's temperment and all. Remember...you know her best so use that to help you work with her. Also be patient.....one of my students who is autistic has been working on potty training for a full year now and is only on wht they call step two: Going potty when the timer rings and someone says: "(student's name) Bathroom now."

Patients and being flexable helps a lot......so I wish you luck in this adventure. I'm in the mist of it right now with my own 2 year old.

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User - posted on 03/24/2011

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Children on the Autism spectrum often respond well to food rewards. As a developmental specialist, I do not recommend giving food rewards to typically developing children, however, we found food rewards worked well in modifying the behavior of many of our children with developmental delays. Does she have a cracker or small candy she is fond of? I have potty trained a number of children using m&ms. Gold fish work well also.

User - posted on 03/24/2011

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Children on the Autism spectrum often respond well to food rewards. As a developmental specialist, I do not recommend giving food rewards to typically developing children, however, we found food rewards worked well in modifying the behavior of many of our children with developmental delays. Does she have a cracker or small candy she is fond of? I have potty trained a number of children using m&ms. Gold fish work well also.

Kristi - posted on 01/17/2010

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My son with Autism will be 10 in March. We had the worst time with potty training, and the school was helping out too. He still doesn't recognize when he needs to go "just a little." He only notices when it's a dire emergence. What has worked the best has been to literally schedule times when he goes to the bathroom, whether he needs to or not. His teacher and I sat down and figured out what times work best with the class schedule, so that's when he goes.
We still have the occassional problem, but I've noticed that it happens on the weekend when he's not paying strict attention to the clock.
Hang in there! :)

Kathleen - posted on 01/17/2010

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Yes the school is working with her. She has come a long way,but I just was wondering if their was something else that we could be doing. She does have days that she goes in the potty, and then the next she wets all day in her pants. We are doing the timer now. The school puts her in underpants with pull-ups over so she can get a better feel of being wet. We have been working on this for a ew years now and I'm worried she will never get trained. Thank you for all your help. I'll keep trying and any more advice is allways welcome. Thanks again.

Paige - posted on 01/17/2010

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Your school should be working on this, and letting you know what there doing, so you can carry through at home. I work in a school for special needs children, and this is a life skill that takes time, and patients.

Nava - posted on 01/16/2010

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Don't understand why school hasn't helped her?



You can do the same as with toddlers, either track the frequency when she is soiling then bring her to the toilet around this time and then reward her for using the toilet when she make in it.

Or take her every hour until she makes could take couple of weeks(if consistant usually with help from others) , then rewared her with some thing she likes.

It may hel if you put diaper part way down the toilet so she doesn't see the water and she could poop into that then gradually take it away.

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