Potty Training a Child on the Spectrum

Have you tried everything you can think of to potty train a child with Autism?  At a loss?  Check out this freebie, it's what worked for my son on the spectrum!
Bonus?  These printables are ASD friendly, and work great for typical kids as well!

Will my child ever use the toilet?

I was there to at one point.  Granted, my son was almost 4 when he was fully trained, and that may not seem that old in the ASD community.  Compared with all the kids I've seen grow up, it was definitely on the later side.  The more important thing is we were actively trying (by actively, I mean all day, every dayfor a year and a half.  We tried everything and it was exhausting. 


Have you tried everything you can think of to potty train a child with Autism?  At a loss?  Check out this freebie, it's what worked for my son on the spectrum!

Prizes as motivation

I tried using iPad time to get my son to sit on the toilet, but to no avail.  Sitting was our first big hurdle.  Using candy rewards mostly ended in tears and frustration.  I bought bigger toys and showed them to him.  Guess what?  Full on meltdowns...  He didn't know why I would show him toys and go hide them.  Thinking about it later on, neither do I!

I wished out loud that he could see his prize without seeing the prize.  Ding!  The idea for these charts came to me right then.  We had tried charts, but they never had a picture.  He didn't understand there would be prizes, and using the toilet for stickers on a paper wasn't motivating at all.

If your child is physically ready for potty-training, and you are just having a disconnect with communication (at the time our son was Echolalic), give this freebie a try!


Have you tried everything you can think of to potty train a child with Autism?  At a loss?  Check out this freebie, it's what worked for my son on the spectrum!
Click here to download your copy!

So the beauty of these printables?  They help your very visual child understand that there is a reward, but they also won't go into meltdown mode having it waved in their face!  You can read more about how we used them inside the download!  

Happy potty trails to you!

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P.S.- Another super helpful tip when it comes to bowel movements...
Both of our sons had anxiety about not being able to see the water below them.  We started to have them squat on top of the seat (which some people believe actually makes bowel movements easier anyway), and this allowed them to see all that was going on below them.  Switching to this potty position made all the difference in this area!

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