If you are searching for advice and tips on how to potty train a child with autism, you have landed in the right place!
The internet is filled will all types of posts and articles from parents and advisors claiming they successfully potty trained their kid in three or fewer days, when it comes to potty train a child with special needs this already difficult process becomes much complexed.
Training kids with autism and other growing disorders can be extremely frustrating and overwhelming, while some of the kids can grasp the concept easily, in case of other kids it takes a lot of time, especially with the ones who have special needs.
But you know what? It’s totally okay!
Toilet training kids with special needs is a similar process to normal children, but it just requires far more patience, you just need to figures out the child’s weakness and strengths to make some changes in the process. If you are looking for some tips to help potty train kids with autism, follow the tips given below.
Ignore what other parents are doing
There are some parents who can go on and on about how they trained their child for potty and how easy and thrilling experience it was for them. I remember it took my sister two weeks to potty train her boy and to be honest, it was not a thrilling experience for any of us. So when it comes to potty train a kid you need to forget what your neighbor or your first cousin did, just focus on how you want it to be done and what will make it an easy experience for you and the child.
Don’t rush to start until your child is ready
Getting your kid potty trained is a whole level of different experience for you and your child. So you need to see if your kid is ready emotionally as well as physically. One of the things you need to teach your kid is to pull their pants and underwear down, there you need to teach them the physical movement and also you need to teach them which bathroom they have to use ( girls or boys).
Everyone needs to be on board
When my sister started teaching her little one for potty training, we started by telling everyone about it at home. We also told his teachers about the potty training so they could assist us in dealing things at school. That’s what kids with autism need to you just have to communicate with everyone who is in daily communication with the kid and can assist him/her with the toilet needs.
Patience is the key
Kids with special needs will take time, so you have to be patient. I know how easily grownups lose patience, but you have to be a bit patient with your little one particularly in special cases. Don’t put a deadline on your child. Start when your kid is ready and finish when your child has learned, that’s how it can be done.
Potty training is a definitely, smelly and messy job. There will be accidents, you won’t want to be a part of, but you will be. Accept it rather than losing your cool, and laugh it away. Maybe at that moment, you won’t laugh but when you look back one day you will.