Potty training autistic child provides additional challenges, however you can also use some of the conditions symptoms to successfully complete potty training an autism child. Autistic children go through some stages in development in much the same way as other children, but they often times take longer to get there and it can be more difficult for them to adapt. When some children are hypersensitive with sensory integration issues it might actually be easier to make the switch from diapers.
It might be worth investigating the Elimination Communication method I write about in the 0 - 18 months section. Same principles can be adapted to children with developmental delays even when they are older.
The one element to keep sight of when potty training autistic child is that they're very attached to a routine and have superior attention and perception skills. The challenge might be getting them interested in potty training.
Autism and Potty Training Readiness
Your first step would be to know the signs that indicate your autistic child is ready to potty train. They're much the same signs that non-autistic children display, and they include:
Once you've seen those signs, you can start to attack potty training autistic child as a set of smaller goals as opposed to one huge goal, which may seem daunting to a parent with an autistic child. A good place to start would be to familiarize the child with the toilet by telling them what it's used for and showing them how to use it.
Autistic children are often visual learners, so that attribute may help in the potty training process. Instead of using just words to explain how the potty is used, you could arrange to have some images stuck up on the walls in the bathroom doing the explanation. Perhaps labeling the character doing the actions in the images with the same name as your child will allow them to pay keener attention and relate to the fact that that's what they're actually supposed to do.
Images and other visual cues can also be used as reminders for your autistic child to take potty breaks, even if they don’t feel the urge to pee or poo right away. Remember that although they may not necessarily want to listen to what you have to say, they will likely pay more attention to images because they like all kids they like to learn.
Here are three more key bits of advice that should aid in making the potty training process easier for your autistic child:
An autistic child potty training will experience the same developmental phases as non-autistic children, but it may simply take more time, and can sometimes happen later than foreseen.
As a parent, it's important that you remain patient and try to teach new things at the pace that your autistic child can learn. Avoid getting too frustrated because your autistic toddler is very perceptive, and can quickly pick up your frustration.
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