There are many children that are diagnosed with autism and it can be difficult for parents to know how to sufficiently accommodate their children without the use of an aid. Although potty training may be at the bottom of the list of things that parents will consider in terms of teaching things to their autistic children, it can be done with the use of consistency and paying attention to the needs of your child. Below are some tips that you can use to help train your autistic son how to use the washroom when he’s ready.
Tip 1: Ignore Advice from Other Parents
You may find yourself to be tempted to listen to your friends when they talk about how they potty trained their children but it is important to remember that your child isn’t a typical child. The time frames associated with potty training their children will not apply to yours and it is also important to recognize that their potty training rituals will be different than your own. Concentrate on your own child, not the others around you.
Tip 2: When is He Ready?
The second thing to consider when you have begun potty training your autistic son is to figure out when they are ready to learn. It is not only an emotional accomplishment, but it is also a physical accomplishment. You must make sure that your son is able to physically pull his pants and underwear down when he has reached the bathroom. If not, then you should wait until they are ready.
Tip 3: Getting Everyone Involved
Potty training an autistic boy can be a difficult venture, especially if you are the only one involved. It is important that you get everyone in their life involved so that they know that they should be reinforcing the behavior of using the washroom on their own. Talk to your son’s teachers, grandparent’s, and anywhere that they may be without you. You can even equip your son with pull-ups that are great for potty training and simple for teachers to easily remove.
Tip 4: Patience and Consistency
Being patient and being consistent are two important things to consider whether you are potty training an autistic son or even if you are potty training a typical child. It won’t take days, it won’t take weeks, it may take months or even years. It is important that you establish consistency so that they can gather an idea of triggers associated with going to the washroom.