Potty Training

 

Sensory needs such as Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, or ADHD can cause difficulties with potty training. The loud sounds of the toilet flushing or the feeling of being wiped with toilet paper can be frightening for some children. Starting with a toddler toilet may be best and most comfortable for your child. Playing classical music may help to calm your child when attempting to potty train.

 

When starting potty training it is best to use a timer (set for every 15 minutes) so that you can train your child to know that they should go frequently whether or not they feel the urge to go at that moment. Be consistent whether your child has an accident or not. Try to be encouraging even if they has accidents.

 

When potty training, allow your child to have independence and allow them to pull down/up their own shorts/pants. Allow them to wipe themselves initially then you can wipe for thoroughness. Warm baby wipes may help ease the fear of wiping after toileting. Teach them good hygiene and let them wash their hands following attempts to use the restroom. Using a reward system and a visual (potty training sticker chart) is a great way to potty train your child.