How To Teach Your Autistic Child To Potty-Train
Teaching a toddler to potty train is a challenge, but teaching a special needs child to potty train can have its own set of challenges as well. Autistic children are gifted yet special and potty training can at times be very difficult. You will need to be extra patient and caring with an autistic child during the potty training process and understand that while this is a big challenge your child will likely learn to use the potty over time. The following tips of teaching your autistic child to potty train might be helpful for you.
Consistency is Key
Researchers and doctors have come to the conclusion that the most difficult population to potty train are those toddlers with autism. Now, dont get too upset. It is possible to potty train these children, just more challenging. You must be patient and committed to the job at hand or it will not work. Remember, consistency is key when potty training an autistic child.
Evaluate Your Child
There are many autistic children out there and each of them has their own personality, strengths, and weaknesses. So, it is important to evaluate your child and see how he will respond to using the potty. Does your parental praise impact him and motivate him? Is he motivated by small rewards? Can he learn new ideas fairly easily? How well does he communicate? All of the answers to these questions will help you determine what method of potty training will work best for your autistic child.
Association is Important
Association of ones action and the reaction is important when potty training. Ensuring your child understands that when he feels the urge and doesnt go to the potty he wets himself. Special needs children require a little more help in the association process and that is why using a special training pant could be helpful. There are musical training pants that have a sensor inside. As soon as the music begins to play the parents and child realize the pants are wet. The parents take the child to the toilet and over time the child associates the urge to pee with the toilet. This takes effort and patience, but it is a great way to teach special needs kids to potty train.
Start When Your Child is Ready
Many times autistic children are developmentally ready to potty train at a later date than children without special needs. This is ok and should be noted. When you push your child to potty train when he/she is not ready you will be met with resistance and this resistance in special needs children can be even more difficult to overcome. So, take note of physical and emotional readiness on the part of your child. Signs are that he is able to let you know when he has to go potty, able to undress himself, knows how to use the potty, and is interested in the whole process.