Toilet Training and Autism

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Learning to use the toilet can be an exciting and challenging time for both your child and your family. 

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Signs your child is ready for toilet training

  • They may dislike wearing a nappy, perhaps trying to pull it off when it’s wet or soiled.

  • They may have dry nappies for up to two hours – this shows they can hold wee in their bladder for periods of time.

  • They may use words or gestures to communicate when they do a poo or wee in their nappy.

  • They may become interested in watching others go to the toilet, they may follow family members to the toilet or open the bathroom door when in use.

  • You are focusing on school readiness skills with your child in preparation for school.

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Toilet Training

Learning to go to the toilet may feel overwhelming or daunting. Going to the toilet is a complex task, made up of many small steps. It can help to break tasks down to their most basic parts, and teach them step by step.

An Occupational Therapist or Behavioural Psychologist can support your family in creating a successful step by step program for you and your child. 


What next?

There are a number of strategies that can be utilised to support and motivate your child to use the toilet. Our clinical team has researched the current studies and articles around toilet training and developed an evidence-based  toileting program which can be tailored to your child's individual needs and preferences. We can run this program for you, or teach you how to run it yourself. Please contact Acorn Autism for more information. 


Toilet Training Seminars

Acorn Autism also offer toilet training workshops for parents and caregivers who are preparing to toilet train their child at home. Please contact Acorn Autism for further information.